Italian Bodybuilder Orlando Gallucci Passed Away Following 2021 NPC Worldwide European Championships

Orlando Gallucci was found dead just days after competing.

Italian bodybuilder Orlando Gallucci was found dead just days after the 2021 NPC Worldwide European Championship in Alicante, Spain. the cause of his death has not been confirmed.

Gallucci was in Spain to help other competitors who were competing that weekend. He decided to extend his stay and continuing training. He posted on Facebook on August 17 and it is speculated that he passed away that night.

Orlando Gallucci lived in Avellino, Italy but was originally from Solofra. He was a competitor and personal trainer who was beloved in his hometown. Gallucci was well-known at the gym he worked, Officina 2.0. In addition to working as a trainer, Gallucci was still an active competitor at the NPC level.

This comes just a few days after the tragic news that Alena Kosinova passed away in Alicante just before competing in the 2021 Europa Pro. There was also no official statement made on the cause of her death. This got the attention of Mr. Olympia owner Jake Wood.

“I AM NOT ONE FOR EMPTY WORDS. INSTEAD OF MAKING POSTS I’M MAKING CHANGES. I HAD A PRODUCTIVE MEETING WITH JIM AND TYLER MANION THIS MORNING AND WE’RE ALL SICKENED BY THIS TURN OF EVENTS. WE AGREED THAT CONDITIONING IS OVER EMPHASIZED IN THE JUDGING CRITERIA AND SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. I WILL PUSH FOR CHANGE IN ALL DIVISIONS,” wood said in a recent comment.

This statement from Wood was seen in a comment or direct message and does not appear on any official social media pages of his. This is a call to action for change and he seems to be working towards making that change. The news of Gallucci’s passing will cause some more work to be done to bring necessary change.

Generation Iron sends condolences out to Orlando Gallucci’s family and friends during this time. This article will be updated as more information is confirmed and becomes available. For more news and updates, follow Generation Iron on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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