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Strongman Simon 'Power' Plant Has Died Aged 47 Training For Latest Challenge

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.

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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.

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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."

Simon 'Power' Plant was training for his next big feat. Credit: Facebook/Simon Roy Plant
Simon 'Power' Plant was training for his next big feat. Credit: Facebook/Simon Roy Plant

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."

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

Topics: uk news, News

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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