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Another ex-muscleman passes on

Mike King

Another ex-muscleman passes on

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FOR?THE?second time in the space of a few days, the bodybuilding fraternity is bidding farewell to one of its own.
Gregory Stoute, who had three second place finishes in the revered Mr Bridgetown contest, passed away in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), yesterday morning.
Stoute suffered a massive stroke two weeks ago. He was 49.
A member of the renowned Zenith Club, the oldest bodybuilding gym in the country, Stoute was second to Jefferson Phillips in 1987, Andrew Nicholls in 1988 and David “Noddy”?Alleyne (1990) in Mr Bridgetown contests.
He competed in five Mr Bridgetown contests, taking the stage at the 2000 and 2001 editions, but he was smooth and below his best then and finished near the back of the field.
One of the best posers during his time and known for his shape and symmetry, Stoute last flexed his muscles alongside Jerry Nicholls, Carmichael Bryan and Sherlan Thorne in the heavyweight class at the 2002 Nationals.
Just last Sunday night, former Barbados champion and world championship semi-finalist Carson Broomes succumbed to lung cancer at the QEH.
A man of few words, Broomes is best remembered for his triumphant comeback at the 1992 Nationals when he returned after 12 years in the wilderness and captured the middleweight division, defeating pre-contest favourite Walter Sobers.
The funeral service for Broomes will take place on Monday afternoon at St James Parish Church at 2:30 p.m. His daughter Anne-Marie told the WEEKEND?NATION the burial will be held in the churchyard.