Multiple World and Three Times Olympic Champion Naim Süleymanoğlu has died at the age of 50 after having been placed into intensive care at the Ataşehir Memorial in Istanbul, Turkish media said Saturday.
The legendary weightlifter underwent a successful liver transplant early October.
Süleymanoğlu was previously placed into intensive care on September 25 due to liver failure.
The now 50-year-old athlete, nicknamed “Pocket Hercules” due to his short stature, became a global star after setting six world records, winning three Olympic gold medals and out lifting the winner of the weight class above him at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
He was the Best Weightlifter of the Century and received the Olympic Order in 2001. He was also member of the IWF Hall of Fame.
The International Weightlifting Federation presents its condolences to Naim Süleymanoğlu’s Family and to the Turkish Weightlifting Federation.