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Rampaging Steroid Addict Tasered to Death

A British bodybuilder hooked on steroids and "bath salts" died after cops Tasered him three times to subdue him.


Burns built his body but lost his mind. Photo via

By Jennifer Matesa


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A violent British bodybuilder addicted to steroids and the club-drug upper mephedrone, also known as “bath salts, died Tuesday after police blasted him three times with a 50,000-volt Taser. Freaked-out neighbors called the cops after 27-year-old bouncer Dale Burns, of Cumbria in northern England, began wrecking his apartment in a violent rage. Unable to resttrain him by ordinary means, the cops were forced to repeatedly zap him and shoot him with pepper spray before he submitted to arrest. Burns, the father of two small children, died of a heart attack in hospital three hours later. He is believed to be the first Brit to have died from Taser use. A relative told the press that the 250 lb. Burns was a fanatical bodybuilder who was addicted to both anabolic steroids and mephedrone, which altered his temperament and damaged his relationship with the mother of his kids. Studies show high-dose anabolic steroid use causes irritability and aggression. Some steroid addicts say that when they’re using steroids, they’re more likely to commit aggressive or criminal acts, such as fighting, vandalism, armed robbery, theft, and burglary. Animal studies confirm that steroids can be a drug of abuse—animals will self-administer in the same way they do with morphine or cocaine. Research also shows some steroid addicts use other drugs to mitigate steroids’ aggressive effects. Tasers are described by Amnesty International as “potentially lethal and easy to abuse.” In  2008 the organization reported 334 deaths worldwide from aggressive Taser use, which can cause heart fibrillation and cardiac arrest, and in 2007 the United Nations Committee Against Torture declared Tasers a form of deadly torture.

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