Ben revealed that Luke’s death was his own choice in an emotional Instagram video he uploaded to address the speculations surrounding the athlete’s death:
“What happened with Luke was his choice, He decided that it was his only option and we’ll never comprehend what he was struggling with. I will say that in my time knowing Luke, he has battled with demons which dates back from long before bodybuilding and long before I met him.”
“I think that Luke’s demons were bigger than ours,” Chow said. He further explained that he felt conflicted about “outing” Luke’s suicide, but believes that it’s important to talk about mental health, especially when it comes to male athletes.
Seven-time 212 Mr. Olympia Flex Lewis also put up a tribute post in honor of Luke’s memory.
“I have tried to write something several times and can’t find the words to do it.
It feels like DejaVu two young men gone long before they should have.
I have known Luke for over a decade we were both sponsored by Gaspari, seen him win his pro card and watch his career grow into Signing with RedCon1, Podcasts, and on stage placing 3rd at the Arnold’s- Very proud. We got closer over the years, and not a week would go by without some s–t talk from him. Luke was a very funny guy and his humor I will miss. We rarely talked training, and i knew Luke was a deep guy but I never knew he was hurting.
Rest Well bro.”