Sonny Schmidt

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Sonny Schmidt (1953-2004) was a New Zealand-born Samoan professional bodybuilder.[1]


He was born Edmond Alten Schmidt on 9 September 1953[2] or 19 September 1953.[3] He grew up in Western Samoa. He later lived in Melbourne, Australia and travelled frequently to the United States for competitions.

He placed in many events between 1989 and 1999. The career highlight for Schmidt came when he won the 1995 IFBB Masters Olympia[4] becoming the first Samoan to do so. Schmidt was 5'10" and weighed 240 pounds at competition weight.[3] He was arrested in 2000 on allegations that he assisted Australian drug lord Tony Mokbel to import cocaine from Mexico City into Australia. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a period of three years imprisonment.[5] Schmidt was a born-again Christian.[3]

Schmidt died on 25 January 2004 from cancer.[3]


  1. ^ Jim Schmaltz (2004-04-01). "Remembering Sonny: Masters Olympia champ Sonny Schmidt dies of cancer at age 50.(Obituary)". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  2. ^ "Schmidt, Sonny". Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Schmaltz, Jim (April 2004). "Remembering Sonny: Masters Olympia champ Sonny Schmidt dies of cancer at age 50". Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  4. ^ Marty Gallagher (1996-01-01). "Sonny Schmidt: How he won the Masters Olympia". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  5. ^ R v Mokbel [2006] VSC 119, Supreme Court (Vic, Australia).

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