EDUARDO KAWAK PASSED AWAY
Born in Lebanon on February 28, 1959, he then moved to France and started his competitive career in 1980 and soon became a top star in other bodybuilding organizations. In 1986 he moved to the IFBB, competing in the top contests like Mr. Olympia (three times), Night of Champions and Grand Prix series.
His best achievements in the IFBB are: 8th place in 1987 Mr. Olympia and 4th place at the IFBB World Championships the same year. In 1988 he couldn’t enter the top ten at the IFBB contests and then returned to the other organizations, placing in the top three once again. In 1996 he went back in the IFBB and placed 13th at the Nigh of Champions. He took the same position in the 1999 Masters Olympia and this was his last contest. Kawak died of a heart attack on May 23rd, 2006 in Beijing, China. He was 47 years old.
President of the Mauritian Bodybuilding Federation wrote:
Very sad news,
The legendary world bodybuilding champion and Mr. Universe, Edward Kawak, passed away in China upon a tour last Tuesday. The news has just been confirmed to me. He was French of Lebanon origin.
Edward Kawak was a friend of Mauritius and his last visit dated December 2005.
Though he went through ups and downs, he always says good things on the IFBB.
Upon his visit he always calls the youth to stay away from alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
He always shares his experiences to the Mauritian body building family.
He was very liked by Mauritian people.
Please spread the news and sympathy to all members of the world body building family. For me he was a sincere brother and is irreplaceable.
He will remain engraved in my heart forever.
Goolam Cader Ally of Mauritius
Jerry Brainum wrote in one online forums:
When the pro tour landed in Cannes, France, Ed asked me to take a drive with him to see his new gym in nearby Nice. It was a great gym, immaculately clean and well-equipped with colorful weight machines of red and blue. He was very proud of the gym, which he operated with his wife. After we took a workout at the gym, in typical Kawak fashion, he suggested we get something to eat. We wound up sharing a cheese pizza, which I recall was delicious. Later, when Ed competed in the Night of the Champions in NY, I introduced him to my mother, and I still have the photo I took of them together in the hotel lobby. Ed was the nicest guy you could ever meet, almost childlike in his enjoyment of life and people. The news of his death is just devastating to me, as I’m sure it is to all who knew Ed. Another great person is no longer with us. RIP, Ed.
Mather and daughter on the stage
Angelika Loebardt, 48, from Germany, has been known as a top level master bodybuilder and is current German champion in the heavyweight class. She has been involved in bodybuilding for over 10 years with a break (1996-2003) due to the leg injury. She came back in 2003, winning bronze medal at 2003 World Masters and 7th place at 2003 World Women’s Championships.
Her daughter Nina, 27, has obviously received mother’s genes and started competitive bodybuilding a year ago, finishing 5th at 2003 European Women’s. In Tavira they both were posing arm by arm on the stage in the middleweight class. This time mother was a bit better (sharper) but the future will belong to the newcomer at this level – Nina. The successful German family duo received a special EBFF Reward of Excellence presented to them by the EBFF President, Dr. Rafael Santonja, at the evening banquet. We add our words of appreciation and good luck to both outstanding German bodybuilders.
Weightlifting star at bodybuilding contest
Former Ukrainian weightlifting star [two-time Olympic Games gold medal winner - 1964 and 1968 - in the superheavyweight division], Mr. Leonid Zhabotynsky, was invited by the President of the Ukrainian Bodybuilding Federation, Mr. Andrey Dolgokir, to visit 2004 Cup of Ukraine held in Zaporozhe city on April 22 – 24. Not so many people know, that Mr. Zhabotynsky may be titled a Godfather of Ukrainian bodybuilding. Back in the past, in 1969, he personally opened the first gym in Ukraine and by this took part in promotion of the iron sport in his country. Mr. Zhabotynsky received a special award from the Ukrainian Federation for his contribution to bodybuilding development in Ukraine. In the enclosed photo we could see Mr. Zhabotynski (right) congratulated Vitaliy Grechukhov at the contest in Zaporozhe. On the left side – Andrey Dolgokir, President of the Ukrainian Federation.