The most astonishing thing in his autopsy. He had atherosclerosis at 26. Plaque in his arteries at 26. Left ventricle changes happen to any strength athletes who ignores the importance of slow steady state cardio. A balance between eccentric hypertrophy and concentric hypertrophy of the heart is also reversible if you stop lifting (and juicing) for 6+ months. But significant plaque buildup shows he had long term chronic arterial inflammation. At 26! Fluid in the lungs occurs in most cardiac arrest cases, Liver fibrosis also pretty shocking at 26. In the end I don’t think it was the drugs as much as he was not suited for the diet he consumed IMHO. Chronic inflammatory response is almost always diet related.
Thalidomide has been used by Brazilian physicians as the drug of choice for the treatment of severe ENL since 1965, and by 1996, at least 33 cases of thalidomide embryopathy were recorded in people born in Brazil after 1965.  Since 1994, the production, dispensing, and prescription of thalidomide have been strictly controlled, requiring women to use two forms of birth control and submit to regular pregnancy tests. Despite this, cases of thalidomide embryopathy continue,   with at least 100 cases identified in Brazil between 2005 and 2010.  million thalidomide pills were distributed throughout Brazil in this time period, largely to poor Brazilians in areas with poor access to healthcare, and these cases have occurred despite the controls.