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Record-breaker strongman dies at 47

Heavy load: Simon ‘Power’ Plant pulls a 13-ton truck with one hand in one of his many strongman feats to raise money for charity PICTURE: FACEBOOK

A STRONGMAN who held 14 world records has died at the age of 47 while training to pull a 19-ton fire engine hitched to an ambulance.

Simon ‘Power’ Plant had competed in several strongest man events and was known to eat up to 28 raw eggs and six jacket potatoes a day.

He had recently lost six stone after ballooning to 26 stone due to an extreme diet designed to put on muscle mass. The dad-of-one, from Findern in Derbyshire, died from natural causes.

The plasterer’s latest record-breaking feat was in the summer, when he used one arm to pull a double-decker bus carrying 76 passengers and a dog. After dragging the 17-ton load over 60ft in 26 seconds, he said: ‘I pulled it with my right arm, the one I use for plastering.

‘It is good training to swing it around for five hours a day at work. But I also eat lots of jacket potatoes and meat to keep my strength up.’

His training regime involved swallowing more than two dozen raw eggs before pulling his van along the road.

His wife Danielle said: ‘We all thought he was invincible. When he went out for these efforts, I always knew he would do them.’

Peter Dowdeswell, 69, who holds titles for downing large amounts of food and drink, said: ‘He was one in a million.’