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Pat Casey

Pat Casey Passes Away

Pat Casey succumbed to his long battle against cancer.

Four decades ago, Pat Casey became the first man to bench press 600 pounds - a number that still stands as a remarkable achievement for anyone who benches raw, as Pat did.

Although Pat was best known for his otherworldly bench presses, he was also the top superheavyweight powerlifter of his day, not a one-lift specialist, as he was also the first man to officially squat 800 pounds and the first man to officially total 2000 pounds.

Besides his official powerlifts, Pat will always be remembered for his prodigious training lifts, such as walking to the dumbbell rack, picking up a pair of 210-pound dumbbells, walking back to the incline bench, getting the dumbbells into position unassisted, doing his reps, and then lowering and returning the dumbbells to the rack without any help.

We are not be lucky enough to still have Pat’s company, but wherever heavy metal is hoisted, Pat’s spirit will live.

May he rest in peace.

A True Strongman.
Rest in Peace.

where’d you see this?

That sucks.

Sad to hear this, he was an awesome powerlifter & imposing person! One of the best & underrated! What was his age & how come we never heard about him in the past 20 yrs?

[quote]BRUCELEEWANNABE wrote:
Sad to hear this, he was an awesome powerlifter & imposing person! One of the best & underrated! What was his age & how come we never heard about him in the past 20 yrs?[/quote]

he was born in what…1939?

Exactly, he was born in 1939! He finally broke the 600 lb bench press mark in 1967. Ironmind has a book chronicling his life called Pat Casey: King of the Powerlifters.

You haven’t heard anything in the last 20 years because he turned 46 in 1985 – 20 years ago. Apparantly he was fighting cancer(I didn’t know this), so I doubt he was looking to set any lifting records well into his 50’s.