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A young bodybuilder dubbed the 'next Mr Olympia' has tragically died in a motorcycle crash just hours after sharing videos of his bike online.
The passing of Ryeley Palfi, 19, on Wednesday (June 8) was confirmed by his dad Rick in harrowing posts on Facebook and Instagram.
Rick said that "words can't even begin to explain the pain" in his message to his son's followers on social media.
The Canadian bodybuilding competitor was tipped to be a huge future star in the classic physique category, which focuses on more traditional body shapes.
Ryeley's fledgling career had seen him amass 16,000 subscribers on YouTube and 91,000 followers on Instagram.
He was about to go professional with plans to enter Mr Olympia, a competition championed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Just hours before the crash, Ryeley flaunted his blue and yellow motorbike in footage online.
He reportedly told fans of his plans to drive home before heading to the gym, also mentioning that the roads were slick due to rain.
However, the exact circumstances around his death remain unclear.
Tributes have been pouring in for Ryeley from devastated family, friends and bodybuilding fans.
His dad wrote: "I can’t believe you are gone. I can’t believe I have to try and move forward with you not in my life.
"You touched so many lives in your almost 20 years. You had such huge dreams and goals.
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"You are my hero. You will always be my superhero."
He also thanked his son's fans for their messages of condolence and support.
"This has been the worst day of my life but with all your help it truly does help," Rick continued.
"It makes me smile. Makes me cry. Makes me feel every emotion imaginable.
"He is truly sorry for the hurt. He only ever wanted to help people and that he clearly did. Thank you all for the kind words."
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World record strongman Greg Doucette is among those from within the bodybuilding and fitness world to have shared their devastation.
He said: "I just watched some of @ryeley.palfi videos yesterday and was planning a video on him.
"Spoke to him in DM's and was excited to see and cheer for him to get his IFBB pro card.
"So sad to see this, and way way too young. What a devastating accident. Condolences to his friends and family."
- Body Building
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