Fortissimus's Paul Ohl reported to IronMind, "Former Canadian strength athlete Dominic Filiou passed away on January 2, 2019 from a heart failure. He was 41."
Dominic “The Canadian Giant” Filiou Passed Away
by Paul Ohl
Former Canadian strength athlete Dominic Filiou passed away on January 2, 2019 from a heart failure. He was 41.
The man many called “the Canadian giant” ( he stood 6’6’’ at a weight of 405 lb.), won the Quebec Strongest Man title in 2003 and 2007, and Canada’s Strongest Man in 2007, thus becoming the first Canadian strength athlete to defeat Hugo Girard on home ground twice within 2 months in 2007.
In 2005 Dominic Filiou , against all odds, won 3rd place in the World’s Strongest Man contest held in Chengdu, China. His battle for the runner-up spot with the late Jesse Marunde is to be remembered.
The entire strongman community keeps sending messages of deep sympathy. For one, Travis Ortmayer wrote this on Instagram: “Dominic Filiou was one of the nicest, most soft spoken giants to ever walk the planet. When I first met him I said to myself (…) how in hell did they put shoulders that large on a human (…)!”
Dominic Filiou retired from strongman competition after Fortissimus 2008. He leaves in mourning his wife Mélanie and five children.
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