Dean Wharmby: Body builder died at just 39 from cancer caused by years of abusing steroids

Dean Wharmby: Body builder died at just 39 from cancer caused by years of abusing steroids

A bodybuilder, who gorged on junk food and drank eight cans of energy drink to gain weight, died of liver cancer caused by years of steroid abuse.

Dean Wharmby, 39, from Rochdale, died in July after a five and a half year long battle with with his illness.

The inquest was told fitness fan Dean of Brookland Street, from Rochdale’s Buersil area, first developed health problems in 2010, when multiple tumours were found in his liver.

The fitness enthusiast, who had been taking steroids for several years, later developed liver cancer with the drugs cited as the ‘direct cause’ of his death by coroner Lisa Hashmi.

In a bid to achieve his bodybuilder’s physique Dean survived on a 10,000 calorie-a-day diet of burgers, pizzas and bacon sandwiches – washed down with seven to eight cans of energy drink.

Speaking in March he speculated that his diet may have been responsible for his illness.

He said: ‘It was because I was trying to be as big as possible. I can’t say it was the diet for sure, but things like the energy drinks could be contributing factors. Red meats – all things we have found out have so many impurities in them now.

‘I think it was a combination of it all.’

When he became unwell five and a hlaf years agao he was offered chemotherapy and a liver transplant but turned them down in favour of natural remedies.

He said: “I refused it from day one. The main reason why I chose to do natural instead of artificial was because I wanted to live. I didn’t want to die.”

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