Velichko Cholakov


Age: 35

Bulgarian champion weightlifter who was part of the Bulgarian weightlifting team withdrawn from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a doping scandal when he and 10 other team members were tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid, who won a gold medal at the European championships in 2004 and also won the bronze medal in the over-105 kilogram category at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and a silver medal at the world championships in 2003, who was currently training young weightlifters in his hometown.

Cause of Death: Heart ailments

Born: January 12, 1982

Died: August 20, 2017

Sofia, Bulgaria