IFBB Pro Bodybuilder & Coach Kevin Gebhardt Dies at 31

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The bodybuilding world mourns the unexpected and tragic death of pro bodybuilder Kevin Gebhardt

The bodybuilding world has been shaken by the untimely death of another promising young athlete. On May 26, 2024, the news of German bodybuilder Kevin Gebhardt’s unexpected passing spread across social media, leaving fans and fellow athletes in shock. Currently no cause of death has been revealed.

Kevin Gebhardt’s career was on a significant upward trajectory. Gebhardt earned his pro card with the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB Pro) on September 29, 2018, during the EVLS Prague Pro Qualifier. This achievement marked him as one to watch in the competitive bodybuilding scene.

Gebhardt’s most recent competition was the 2021 EVLS Prague Pro, where he placed 10th. Despite not competing for several years, his presence and potential in the sport were still highly regarded.

Last Public Appearance and Health Struggles

Kevin’s last social media post on April 26, 2024, indicated that he had recently undergone surgery to repair a torn tendon, although he did not specify which tendon. “Time heals all the breaks!” Gebhardt optimistically remarked, reflecting his resilience and determination to recover and return to the sport he loved.


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The Bodybuilding Community Reacts

The news of Gebhardt’s death quickly spread online, with countless fans and fellow athletes expressing their condolences and mourning the loss. Prominent figures in the bodybuilding community paid tribute to Gebhardt’s legacy and character.

Prolific bodybuilding coach Milos Sarcev, a close friend of Gebhardt’s, shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram on May 26:

“We have lost another brother of iron. I knew Kevin since his amateur days in 2018 … [Gebhardt] was a super sweet person, super passionate about bodybuilding, and a very hard worker.”


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Sarcev also revealed that in his last conversation with Gebhardt sometime in 2023, Kevin had mentioned his desire to compete in regional bodybuilding shows. Gebhardt had taken an extended break to travel and train with Sarcev and other pros like Dorian Yates, but his passion for competing remained strong.

Kevin Gebhardt’s Bodybuilding Career Highlights

  • 2021 EVLS Prague Pro: 10th
  • 2021 KO Egypt Pro: 9th
  • 2021 Yamamoto Cup Pro: 10th
  • 2018 EVLS Prague Showdown: 12th
  • 2018 EVLS Prague Qualifier: 1st

An Unresolved Mystery

As of this article’s publication, no official cause of death has been released. The community continues to await further information while celebrating the life and achievements of Kevin Gebhardt. His dedication, positive spirit, and contributions to the sport will be remembered by all who knew him and followed his journey.

The bodybuilding community mourns the loss of Kevin Gebhardt, whose bright future was tragically cut short. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.

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