Powerlifter David Gladwell used a “cocktail of drugs” that included heroin, Ecstasy, Tramadol, diazepam and etizolam prior to his death.
David Gladwell, a world champion powerlifter and former gym owner, died of an accidental drug overdose according to a recent inquest. The pathologist found no convincing evidence of suicide and concluded that Gladwell died of “multiple drug intoxication”. Gladwell was 41 years old.
Gladwell’s lifeless body was discovered locked inside the office of the Evolution Gym at the St. Ives Rugy Football Club facility on June 15, 2018. Gladwell had previously owned the gym before he transferrred it to his former girlfriend following a 2014 steroid-related arrest. He was living at the gym at the time of his death.
Steroids were not implicated as a contributor to David Gladwell’s death.
Detective constable Lara Turner ruled out third-party involvement in addition to suicide as the caused of death.
“There were signs [in the room] of recent intravenous drug use. David was known to take steroids, painkillers, ecstasy and cocaine,” Constable Turner said. “It would seem he accidentally overdosed resulting in his untimely death.”
The pathologist’ report indicated that Gladwell used a cocktail of recreational drugs, painklillers and anti-anxiety medications before his death. The most likely culprit in Gladwell’s death was heroin. The pathologist noted that the tramadol, diazepam and etizolam probably also contributed to his death.
Police found a large quantity of oral and injectable anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, clenbuterol, Clomid, Cialis and Viagra. However, anabolic steroids were not implicated in the death of Gladwell.
Gladwell had once operated one of the largest domestic steroid trafficking operations in the United Kingdom before his arrest in July 2012. Gladwell pleaded guilty to nine counts of possessing Class C drugs. Each count involved a different type of anabolic steroid.
Gladwell was sentenced to 20 months in prison but had it suspended for two years in 2014. He was also ordered to pay £114,000 and to carry out 200 hours of community service.
Gladwell won first place in the 140-kilogram open class at the 2013 World Powerlifting Union World Championships in Emmeloord, The Netherlands on November 14-16, 2013. He recorded a squat of 345 kg, benchpress of 235 kg and a deadlift of 270 kg for an overall total of 850 kg.
RIP. David Gladwell.
He was once described by police as one of the biggest banned steroid suppliers in the country https://t.co/jjfVAXSv1T
— Cornwall LIVE (@CornwallLive) January 18, 2019