Strongman Simon 'Power' Plant Has Died Aged 47 Training For Latest Challenge
A strongman who held 14 world records has passed away while training for his latest challenge - pulling a 19-ton fire engine attached to an ambulance.
Simon 'Power' Plant, 47, regularly consumed 28 raw eggs and six jacket potatoes a day but began battling health problems after his weight rose to 26 stone.
According to The Sun, the dad-of-one recently lost six stones during his training for the most recent stunt which was to raise money for a children's charity.
The Mirror has reported that he died of natural causes.
Simon's wife, Danielle, told The Sun: "We all thought he was invincible. When he went out for these efforts, I always knew he would do them."
The strongman, from Findern, Derbyshire, started training aged 17 by pulling a van across a car park.
Simon bagged himself a world record when he dragged a double decker bus loaded with 76 passengers and a dog across 60 feet in 26 seconds.
At the time, he said: "I pulled it with my right arm, the one I use for plastering. It is good training to swing it around for five hours a day at work. But I also eat lots of jacket potatoes and meat to keep my strength up."
Messages of condolence flooded in with one saying: "So very sorry to hear this. Thinking of you and your family during this sad and difficult time."
Another added: "RIP Big Man. A true legend Heartfelt sympathy to the family."
A third commented: "So sorry to hear this, love and thoughts to his family and friends xxx RIP big guy."
CONDOLENCES TO MY FRIEND SIMON PLANT WHO PASSED AWAY :muscle::muscle::muscle::muscle: pic.twitter.com/pu1EKALv0T
- SANDRA CHARITY MARTIN AKA QUEEN BEE (@sandragogglebox) December 1, 2019
Among the tributes, John Evans, 72, who holds a range of records for balancing weights on his head said: "He was a good friend and we worked together many times for charities. Even when he was ill, he talked of coming back."
Another fellow record holder, 69-year-old competitive eater Peter Dowdeswell, 69 said: "He would always help handicapped people. He was one in a million."
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Simon Roy Plant