Eugène Rychlak Jr, Beloved Power-lifter is Dead.
The powerlifting community lost a great lifter and person today, Gene Rychlak died from a heart problem that he battled over the years, according to those who knew him.
Eugène Rychlak Jr. is a former powerlifter from the United States, who specialized in the bench press. He was the first man to perform a bench press of over both 900 lb and 1,000 lb.
Here are some tributes posted on social media to honor his life and legacy.
I am absolutely floored right now. Gene Rychlak, founder of the Revolution Power Syndicate and the first man to bench over 1000lbs has passed. I have been doing Gene’s meets for the better part of a decade and to say that he ran the best meets and the best federation is an understatement. Izzie, Jessica and I first met him back in 2006 at a strongman event while he was sponsored by Inzer and still competing. During the event, Gene and his wife Ame sat with us and conversed like we had been friends already. Later when Gene founded the RPS, Izzie, Janelle and I all had the honor of lifting in front of the big man and his wife. I gotta admit, this one is tough. RIP Big Gene. You will be missed.
Some of you may know that Gene had a heart condition. This morning it took its last beat. Gene is now at rest and is reunited with his mother and beloved dogs.
As prepared as someone can be when a loved one has a life threatening condition, nothing can prepare you for them suddenly not being here.
Gene’s life, out life is powerlifting. Even though these are the worst circumstances for those who love him, The RPS PA State Championships and GPC Summer Qualifier will continue as scheduled is his honor. There are no plans to cancel any meets based on his passing.
This is what he would want. We may have started RPS, but its legacy belongs to the lifters. ~Ame
Thank you to The Man, Gene Rychlak Junior for taking this underground sport that we all love and bringing it out of the shadows. Thank you for all your hard work week after week, year after year, which allowed everyday lifters the chance to compete at a professional level event. Thank you for the RPS and for giving The Refuge and thousands of lifters like us a home.
Rest In Peace Gene. You will be missed but you will not be forgotten.
Very sad news coming from the USA today. Gene Rychlak Junior Owner of RPS – Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate, the American GPC affiliate has died.
May he Rest In Peace