IFBB Pro Bodybuilder and UK fan favorite Luke Sandoe has died at the age of 30 years old. He was found at his home on the morning of May 7th by his longtime training partner and fellow IFBB Pro League bodybuilder James Hollingshead as well as Hollingshead’s girlfriend. The news was first confirmed by Ron Harris of Muscular Development.
No word on the cause of death or the time it took place. Sandoe had posted a video on his Instagram account two days ago. There have been rumors of how Sandoe passed away but no official confirmation has been made as of this writing.
Sandoe was last seen in the public eye at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival which he was performing color commentary of the Arnold Classic webcasts. He had been a fan favorite because of his videos on YouTube as well as his participation on podcasts. Many felt Sandoe would be the biggest UK star in bodybuilding since the retirement of six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates.
Tributes and statements have been made from all over the sport of bodybuilding.
“Rest in peace, Luke Sandoe. Kind, funny, good-hearted, and gone too soon. Luke finished third in the 2019 Arnold Classic and co-hosted the 2020 Arnold Classic webcast. He will be missed.” – Arnold Sports Festival
“I’m in complete shock right now. Wishing the news was just more fake news today but sadly it’s not. Always had a good time around you and was excited to watch you progress in life and in your career. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to your family, friends, and loved ones. You will be sorely missed both on and off the stage.” – Brandon Curry, Mr. Olympia 2019
“Rest in peace, my brother! You will never be forgotten as a man, father, or bodybuilder.” – Dusty Hansaw, IFBB Pro League Bodybuilder
Sandoe is a former British National Champion, which is how he qualified to turn professional. He had yet to earn a pro victory before this season, but 2019 was considered his breakout year. He had finished 2nd in the 2019 Tampa Pro to Dexter Jackson, third in the 2019 Arnold Classic, and had scored two other Top 5 placings. As a result, he qualified for the Olympia for the first time that season where he ultimately placed 11th. He had yet to compete in the 2020 season.
Aside from his onstage achievements, he was renowned for his strength, even as he was in the final stages of prep for contests. Among his notable achievements was performing flat dumbbell bench presses with 220 pound (100 kilos) dumbbells for multiple reps.
BarBend extends condolences to Sandoe’s family, friends, and fans.
Featured Image: Instagram/lukesandoe