Polish bodybuilder  Paul Poloczek died within hours of competing in the NPC Worldwide Championship in Germany.

The 37-year-old's death was confirmed via social media post from his wife.

Announcing the death of the bodybuilder, his wife, Kathrin DeNev, wrote on Instagram, "Bodybuilding was your life. You are not forgotten, you live on in our hearts. We will love you forever."

Poloczek played football. A year after joining the new sport, Poloczek claimed his first win at 17. He also won the second place at the German Championships in the Super-Heavyweight division in 2012,

He received his pro card after winning the Arnold Classic Amateur tournament in Ohio, in 2017. He took a break from the sport and returned to the Europa Pro in 2021, where he finished 16th.

Social media was flooded with condolence messages for the dead bodybuilder. "RIP Bodybuilder Paul Poloczek Dead at 37,"

Meanwhile, several people wondered if the bodybuilder's death was triggered by a heart attack or other health related ailment. "37. No cause.  After tournament. (There's some research to suggest adrenaline plays a role in triggering heart attack in V damaged.)