Charles Durr, Don Youngblood

Two recent deaths:

Charles Durr Jr died on May 2, 2005. He had won the 1996 AAU Mr America contest, but was then disqualified for failing the drug test. He then sued the AAU. Some believe this is why the AAU decided to wash its hands of bodybuilding.

Don Youngblood died of a heart attack yesterday.

25 Responses to “ Charles Durr, Don Youngblood ”

  1. Joe Hubbard Says:

    I knew Charles Durr from my years of competition and he was a good person. With my experience in the sport of bodybuilding, I am qualified to state that I believe bodybuilding in it’s current format is dangerous to the lives of aspiring bodybuilders. The promoters and supplement manufactures do not care about the health of competitors. The spokespersons they have under contract are so drugged out they can’t even see how far downhill bodybuilding has fallen. Another factor that is keeping bodybuilders in denial of the harmful effects of bodybuilding is the success of Arnold. Arnold should be promoting a bodybuilding contest because the IFBB is not IOC tested. The Arnold Class Fitness Expo is only a diversion from what’s going on behind the scenes in bodybuilding. It is time for me as one of the true bodybuilders to speak out and start revealing the truth to the public. The promoters, NPC, IFBB, and others had their chance to clean-up the sport. Now it’s my turn. I’m in great shape and clean so no one will be able to say I’m motivated by jealousy. I choose to lead aspiring bodybuilders to a healthy long life, not over a cliff.

  2. Joe Hubbard Says:

    Correction: Arnold should “not” be promoting a bodybuilding contest that doesn’t use IOC drug testing.

  3. Victor Cohen Says:

    I was a good friend of Charles Durr, I didn’t find
    out about his passing until May 26, 2005. and to this day I am blown away that this has happened. I am very sad due to the fact that I haven’t talked to him in awhile and now I will never be able to talk to him. I have trained my clients at all of his business locations and helped him move from gym to gym. I’ve seen the struggles of maintaining a business with him because I have my own business as well. I have prayed for him every night since I found out this has happened. I prayed for his family. I remember back in 91 when Charles won the USA Middle Wt. Division and I was like wow, he was holding his own and I felt Charles should of got his pro card a long time ago but due to the politics in this sport he was denied it. Everyone including myself will truly miss him, he was a good person, a hard worker, very professional in every aspect.

  4. Derek Says:

    They all died because they were stupid enough to take steroids!
    But that would not take away that I feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for them that they take steroids. I prefered to see that they never took anything and that they still lived!

  5. tim Says:

    You have no evidence to support your claim. Bodybuilders have been taking steroids since the 1940s. Tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of bodybuilders have taken steroids. There have been many scientific studies on steroid use by athletes. Not one has shown the rate of diseases to be any different in steroid using athletes as non steroid using atheltes.

  6. Ken Says:

    Everyone knows that the deaths of bodybuilders such as DeMayo, Youngblood are associated with their steroid use as well as other illicit drugs. Don’t wander through life in a haze; excusing our own drug use via denial.

    The previous commentary was correct – they’re dropping like flies due to steroids! Besides, you’d only take ‘roids if you were too weak to lift otherwise!

    Ken

  7. tim Says:

    Everyone does not know, because there is no evidence to support your claim.

  8. danny Says:

    i can’t believe people still think steroids are the worst thing in the world. of course steroids are bad, if you abuse them, but then again so is eating fast food. more and more middle aged men are being perscribed steroids for hormone replacement therapy, thus proving they’re not as bad as some people believe. i’m very sorry to hear about don youngblood and charles durr jr., maybe they died from steroids, maybe they were genetically susceptible to heart attacks, but even if they did die from steroids, that’s a couple of people. how many people have died from smoking and drinking? there’s thousands of things worst than steroids.

  9. frank Says:

    I knew chuck and trained with him at matchpoint
    and eyecatchers.we even partied at strip clubs
    he was hardcore, I’ll never forget him putting
    up 10 plates on the incline bench like they were
    made of styrofoam, or squating massive weight.
    It doesn’t matter how he did it, because he did it
    thats all that matters. we’ll miss you chuck!!!

  10. frank Says:

    I also think it takes alot of nerve to pull
    back a 22 guage pin, fill it up and crank it
    into a delt or glute. People like Ken just
    don’t have any balls.

  11. Brenda -Lee Says:

    What can I say, it was very devasting to find out about Chuckie’s passing last week as I was searching to find his address for Eyecatchers to send him a “How are you doing letter.” I was coming to Chicago for work and wanted to stop in and say hello and tell him thank you. He has made me a better person, I wish I could of told him how much he had impacted my life and how good things are for me now which he played a huge part in. I have held our memories together very close to my heart, driving around in that convertible of his talking about his big dream, Eyecatchers. Watching him practice his poses, watching him eat enough chicken breasts to feed an army…all still bring a smile to my face. I am honored to have known him and I will never forget him. He was there for me when I needed him the most. You know, people say bad thing about steriods, bodybuilding etc, they are forgetting the most important thing…what a great man Chuckie was! You all need to let him rest in peace as he has earned that right over and over. “Baby Girl”.

  12. Brother Tony Tillman Says:

    This truly cannot be. I find myself sitting here in my office reading this web page thinking like Brenda-Lee, I was merely doing a Google Search for Chuck in order to tell him I am moving to California this month and wanted to say goodbye. I have missed my chance at that and I feel just terrible. I am reading these posts from so many of you and it sounds like most of you really knew what kind of a person Chuck, or CD as I used to call him was. He was the coolest of the coolest. I wanted to tell him that I still workout the same way he taught me years ago. Two body parts a day: chest & back, legs & bi’s, shoulders & tri’s and ab’s everyday. I still keep his Eyecatchers business card on my mirror with that cool pose of himself he took here in Chicago. I always laughed when he gave it to people because he never gave it to them with his picture showing. You had to wait to hear the “oh my Gosh” once we walked away. One of the greatest moments I had with CD was when I let him drive my 1983 Zimmer Golden Spirit from Eyecatchers after a workout, to Riva’s for some drinks, to Hooter’s for some chicken wings and then to River Oaks Shopping Mall in Calumet City, Illinois to meet up with some people. He thought he was the stuff that day…LOL. I missed him before I sat down at this computer and now I am going to really miss my friend. I got married and he died without ever meeting my wife. Did any of you know that one of Chuck’s favorite workout music CD’s was the soundtrack to the movie “Virtuosity?” If you haven’t picked this one up, please do – there is good weight training music on there. Whenever Chuck and I rocked in the weight room, we rocked with the Virtuosity soundtrack. Well this is all I can say for now. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. I never said goodbye to him…I will say it now though. CD, I miss you buddy. We had some fun times at Eyecatchers and other places. I made a good life for myself good buddy. You would be so proud of me right now. I hope I see you again CD – you will always be the brother I never had. It won’t be the same driving the Zimmer without you my friend. I’m going to hit the weights especially hard this year and next for you ole chap. Goodbye CD, thanks for everything and God Bless.

  13. RaVanda Terry Says:

    It has been said that Charles had an enlarged heart. I know that to be true because he helped many people with health problems. If he wasn’t sure of something I watched him get a book and look it up. I want to thank God for him, thank his mother for having him and teaching him how to. I also want to thank the people that were responsible for introducing me to Charles, and most of all I want to thank Charles for teaching me the only way to Christ is with an enlarged heart. See ya soon kid.

  14. Brian Says:

    I have competed for years in bodybuilding and have seen it all. Alot of good people take roids because they think its the only way to make there genetic makeup bigger. 100% not the case im all natural and stared out at 5’7″ at 120lbs and have grown to 200Lb all with natural suplementation, whith 23inch arms, did i mention im ane ectomorph the hardest body type to gain muscel, I love natural bodybuilding but i compete in the non tested shows to prove that if you have the knoledge of the human body,and know that natural suplement scientific knoledge you can win aginst the roiders, and live a long healthy life. And maybe have kids cuse your balls dident quit produsing testostorone, you wont loose your hair, wont have bitch tits and your mussels wont be filled with colestorl, not to mention dieing from an abses or hart failiure.

  15. Laura Says:

    Charles was a very exceptional athlete that took pride in all of is accomplishments as a body builder and owner of Eye Catchers. He was always happy to help others out in whatever it may be that someone needed. He never kept his secrets to diet and training to himself he was always willing to share. I have seen him transform individuals and change their lives he truly had a gift. I can remember in the gym working out and I had to sit on the leg press along with any one of his friends just to add more weight. He deffinately would push himself as well as others to the limit. But I always felt good after a training session with him even as his fiance there was no mercy. I have been blessed to have Charles as a part of my life for 9 years, 5 of those years as his girlfriend and then fiance, until the sad day May 2, 2005 he was taken from me. I am glad to see so many people have been blessed by him as well. Thank you for keeping his spirit alive. You all know he is looking down on us with a big smile. God Bless you Chuckie there isn’t a day that goes by I don’t think of you and pray. No one could ever take your place I love you! Malie (our dog) loves you too!

  16. Laura Says:

    Charles was a very exceptional athlete that took pride in all of is accomplishments as a body builder and owner of Eye Catchers. He was always happy to help others out in whatever it may be that someone needed. He never kept his secrets to diet and training to himself he was always willing to share. I have seen him transform individuals and change their lives he truly had a gift. I can remember in the gym working out and I had to sit on the leg press along with any one of his friends just to add more weight. He deffinately would push himself as well as others to the limit. But I always felt good after a training session with him even as his fiance there was no mercy. I have been blessed to have Charles as a part of my life for 9 years, 5 of those years as his girlfriend and then fiance, until the sad day May 2, 2005 he was taken from me. I am glad to see so many people have been blessed by him as well. Thank you for keeping his spirit alive. You all know he is looking down on us with a big smile. God Bless you Chuckie there isn’t a day that goes by I don’t think of you and pray. No one could ever take your place I love you! Malie (our dog) loves you too!

  17. Tyrone Scruggs Says:

    I’m a childhood friend of Chucky. We grew up from age 5 all the way through college. We started lifting weights together back when we were in Jr High. I remember lifting weights in his back yard every weekend. The whole neighborhood would come by to see us lifting weights. Weightlifting became something Chucky loved. He pushed himself, because he did not like losing, and two he wanted to get bigger and stronger. He was a great guy, and his family raised him to be a gentleman. I could always call him if I needed help, no matter what time it was, and he would show up. I too did not get to speak to Chucky before his death. He was a great guy, and a good lifelong friend. I too cannot believe what has happened. I think about Chucky everyday, and have to catch myself from crying. Rest in peace my friend. Your spirit will never be forgotten

  18. TAKIS Says:

    I was extremely Sad to find out that a great man,and a very good friend of mine Charles was gone from this life.
    Guys like him do not come around often.
    A very good man,always motivated me,when we worked out a few times.When I won the JR Natural Overall Mr.Illinois Championship,Charles was there,telling me this=Takis you will win it all,not only your class,but overall.The result was just that.
    I lost my father this year,and felt like the earth moved off my feet big time.Then find out Charles is gone too.
    Charlieeeeeeeeeee Where are you man????????
    You always were a smile in your face.
    I was always happy when see you bud.
    Greek Islands Restaurant Down town Chicago Charles.Beautiful Memories.I hope God has you in a special place Bud.I am sure one day we will meet again.
    I feel for the people you left behind.Your fiancee.Your MoM,Your sisters,all your Family and friends.There will be no another like you.
    Your Friend
    Takis the Greek.

  19. Laura Says:

    Thank You Takis for your kind wordd as well as everyone else. You all were special to Chuck he told me mamy stories about all of you. I know you all were true friends to him and ment a great deal to him, Each and everyone of you touched his life in a special way as he did you. Thank you Takis for your sympathy I appreciate it. Any of you can call me I would love to talk you 312-217-4858, I have heard about you or even met some of you, it would ve nice to just talk and keep his spirit alive. Chuck wanted to start a foundation for troubled youthes which I am looking into to carry out his dream. It is a hard time for me as well as his family, with the Holidays and Chuck not being around. We all need each other support and love for Chuck. Love You all for keeping his spirit alive. xoxo to u all.

  20. Larry horton Says:

    He was a dear friend to my wife for many years, Yolanda Sandifer , she just found out yesterday 1/23/05 that Charles had past.

  21. Paula Mendoza Says:

    Laura you introduced me to Charles and I thank you for introducing me to an extaordinary honest man. He trained me hard, there were days where it hurt to move, but I kept on going b/c it was his energy and livelyhood that made me want to aspire a healthier life. He was and still is a great man and all who surrounded him were all thouched and blessed by his person. He will be hard to forget. I would personally like to extend any help that I can for the foundation for youths. I did start a plan for him, and would like to honor that if it is still around. Laura call me 773.230.2411. God bless.

  22. chris F Says:

    What happened to http://www.charlesdurr.com?? If anybody really knew charles they know who I am.. We first started working out togeather at combined then I convinced him to work for me at match Point.. Charles was one of the most important persons to come into my life , he and I have so many stories.. But the sad thing is that Charles could have been a Star. He should have been a star, but because of personal jealously the people that could have helped him shut him out. Charles was not a kiss ass and lived his life that way. It is ashame that the very people he helped turned their back on him when he needed them.. Charles if you are out there you were a star and always will be…

  23. Judy Durr Says:

    May 29, 2006

    I cry tears of joy as well as tears of pain as I read some of the comments some of you have made about my brother. Yes, I am his sister Judy, and trust me, no one knew him better than I did. I spent many hours playing and tussling with him as a child. Sure, he teased me as most siblings do, but I would not trade my brother for all the money in the world. My brother was a very hardworking man and he had a kind heart. He wasn’t perfect, but then again, neither are any of us. My parents taught us to love people regardless of who they are and where they come from.

    My brother’s heart was as big as gold. I miss him dearly and I think about him every day. I truly believe that he is one of my guardian angels and that he is looking out for me, my sisters, and my mom.

    I often ask myself WHY? WHY my brother? Well, I don’t know the answer to this question. It is said that God dosen’t make mistakes. Perhaps God said, “Charles, you have worked hard enough my son and it is time for you to rest.”

    I have nothing but kind words to say about my brother Chucky. I am honored to be his sister and my life is richer for having known him. Not having him here with me has left a big void in my life. I struggle to make it through each day. I long to hear his voice and I long to see him smile. As I said at his services, If I were given a chance to live my life over, and I was told that I could pick any man I wanted to be my brother, I would still choose Charles.

    We visit my brother’s gravesite often and we talk to him to let him know that he will never be forgotten. You don’t know pain until you lose someone close to you. I went to my bothere’s gravesite today and I cried as much or more than the day he was laid to rest.

    To those who love my brother as much as I do, I say thank you. I thank you from the deepest depths of my heart. Your kind words are helping me and my family through what has been the most difficult time of our lives. keep us in your prayers and please feel free to call us some times. My number is 708/331-7630. Thank you again for your kind words about my brother.

    With Much Love,

    Judy A. Durr
    (Chucky’s sister)

  24. Monica McNair Says:

    June 27, 2006

    I met Chucky when I was 11 years old. We stayed close friends thru our childhood and most of our adult life. Words cannot express the sorrow I felt when I heard of his passing. I felt blessed to be at his services seeing and hearing the love from all who attended.

    I think often of him, remembering the good times we shared throughout the years.

    My condolences again to the family, Mrs. Gaddis, Judy, Brenda, Cathy, and Charlotte.

    I’ll love you always Chucky.

    Monica McNair