A mysterious flu takes the life of a healthy young bodybuilder.

A 21-year-old bodybuilder named Kyler Baughman has shockingly died within days of being diagnosed with the flu.
The young man was devoted to physical fitness.

His mother Beverly Baughman told WXPI, “He was going to school to be a personal trainer.”

However, when visiting home for the holidays, Kyler was noticeably ill.

“We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get-together and we noticed he wasn’t feeling well. He looked rundown and had a bit of a snotty nose. I think he thought, ‘I just got the flu, I’ll be alright. I’ll go rest a little bit.'”


His fiancée said that Kyler didn’t think much of the illness.

“He kinda just laid down and went about his day and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt, he had a mild cough.”

However, less than two days later, Kyler’s symptoms increased severely. He checked himself into Westmoreland County emergency room, and when he continued to deteriorate, he was airlifted UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh where he died within 24 hours- officially of organ failure due to septic shock caused by influenza.


It’s unknown how Kyler’s fitness pursuits may have affected the illness. Usually young and healthy people are less susceptible to common viruses such as influenza. Intuitively, the most at risk populations are the very young and very old. Kyler had not receive any sort of flu immunization in 2017.

Most lifters know that training during a sickness can be a bit of a gamble. It either seems to stimulate recovery, pushing one through the illness with movement and blood flow, or it just serves as extra depletion, helping the illness to linger.


It doesn’t seem as if Kyler attempted to train through the illness or took any drastic action. Still his father urges people to take influenza seriously.

“Try and know your body; don’t let things go. Whenever you have a fever and you have it multiple days, don’t let it go. Get it taken care of.”

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69 COMMENTS

  1. And you don’t think there’s an underlying condition… say LOOKS GOOD IN STAGE FOR STAGE BUT NOT REAL LIFE .!! Weakened immune system due to low fat and restricted diet … or genetic condition like Dallas …

    • Geoff Woodward The flu – unchecked, can kill anyone. I think Greg’s point is that if you are constantly walking around with less than 8% body fat – your immune system will not be able to mount a robust defense against disease.

    • Chris Bourff exactly …. everyone knows stage weight isn’t realistic for a daily life … I’m normally a solid 260 .. stage I got down to 220 a lot of factors in immunity and health there

    • I’m sorry guys but how would having a higher body fat level do for this young man?!?! You guys are talking crazy. He got sepsis. You can get sepsis from a fucking papercut. Had a 18yr old girl i knew get sepsis from a UTI and she too died.This had nothing to do with bodybuilding and GI shouldn’t even post this stuff. Sorry to the family for the loss, R.I.P. young man.

    • Dallas was 26, took massive amounts of steroids and his heart was 3x the size of a normal persons and almost 30% bigger than the size of rich pianas, who was on steroids for over 20 years. Dallas killed himself basically

    • Greg Hudgins Flu with < 10% body fat is a life risking endeavor. Sorry to break it to you - if you want to take that risk then all I can say is, go with God my friend...Essential body fat is just that - ESSENTIAL - your biology does not give a good Godddamn about what you THINK you should look like...

    • Greg Jameson Yup – even the pros know this is not a sustainable condition. If you are a pro and can make a living at it – I’m jealous – for the rest of the lifting public – back the hell off and just enjoy the fact that woman can’t stop looking at you…

    • Someone has that roid rage going there Ryan Horton way to make yourself the victim Bro … no one gives shit about you or you immune system it’s not about you lmao haaahaaah you made yourself look fucking stupid with your rebuttal…. Dallas had a heart valve genetic displacement … it couldn’t handle to the over drive you fucking idiot you look very stupid rite now ….

  2. Why do people make stupid comments assuming he had some other condition or due to something he was putting in his body. Do you know his medical history? No. So shut up and be respectful.

  3. Some people are over-reaching on their quest to convince everyone that steroids kill… based on minutes and minutes of careful research and zero personal experience with them…
    This guy looks like I did at 21, lifting maybe 3 days a week, on no hormones, and drinking 5 nights a week. I was no bodybuilder…

    Plus the flu kills over 50,000 people a year. Let this one go please…

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