Bodybuilder Victor Richards’ age revealed as outlets misreport death

Bruno Cooke November 11, 2021
Bodybuilder Victor Richards’ age revealed as outlets misreport death


A slew of misinformed reports were published yesterday claiming that Nigerian-American bodybuilder Victor Richards had died – many have since been corrected, owing to Richards’ daughter’s vigilance regarding false reports. Victor Richards is indeed alive – but how old is he, is he in good health, and what is the bodybuilder up to today?

What is bodybuilder Victor Richards’ age?

Born 1964 in Nigeria, Victor Lheanyi Richards is 56 years old. His date of birth is September 15. Richards’ middle name, Lheanyi, was given to him by his Nigerian grandfather – it is of Igbo origin – and means “nothing is impossible with God”.

He stands at 5ft 10in (177.5cm) and, at least as a professional bodybuilder, weighed in at over 370lb (167.8kg).

By the time he was 15, he already weighed 210lb (95kg); at school, he played football, wrestled and ran track. He was the ninth of 10 children and grew up in California.

Richards started to appear on the cover of fitness magazines at 21 years old, but he’d already been competing for three years by that time. In 1992, he entered the Nigerian Championships and finished in first place, earning his Pro card.

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Is he in good health?

As a competitive bodybuilder, Victor Richards has put himself through it – with all the potential health risks that can incur. 

Nevertheless, per his daughter’s timely clarification regarding his aliveness, he is “in fact alive and well”.

He has a degree in Human Behavioural Science, for which he studied at the University of Southern California, and appears to have taken care to stay healthy, especially in later life. Per his bio on Greatest Physiques, as a touring speaker he would regularly expound on the connection between mind, body and soul.

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In his prime, he consumed between 8,000 and 12,000 calories per day, “depending on my training exertion for that day”. 

Where is bodybuilder Victor Richards today?

Richards was a bodybuilding sensation during the 1980s and 1990s, and went on to promote healthy eating and safe bodybuilding practices with the Victor Richards Research Institute.

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The institute’s website is currently undergoing maintenance.

He gave an hour-long interview on Dave Palumbo’s RXMuscle radio show earlier this year. In the episode, Victor Richards discusses the deaths of other bodybuilders, his relationship to bodybuilding as a spiritual practice, the history of the sport, and lots more besides.

Watch the full interview below.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.