A popular Mexican fitfluencer and bodybuilder tragically died July 7 after apparently undergoing a botched operation to remedy her profuse perspiration.
Odalis Santos Mena, 23 — who regularly uploaded pics of her ripped physique to her 147,000 Instagram followers — was reportedly recruited by the SkinPiel clinic in Guadalajara to promote a breakthrough antiperspirant treatment called MiraDry.
The procedure purportedly combated excess underarm sweat by using heat energy to remove sweat glands, thereby mitigating body odor and even reducing armpit hair.
However, the endorsement stunt went horrifically awry when she suffered cardiac arrest after being anesthetized. Mena died shortly thereafter, when the clinic’s employees were unable to revive her via CPR.
Enamored of the so-called antiperspirant panacea, Mena had reportedly promoted MiraDry on social media with assurances that the “no sweat” treatment was safe and effective.
Police have since launched an investigation, with subsequent reports attributing her death to negligence stemming from the anesthesia reportedly being administered by someone who wasn’t a trained anesthesiologist.
Meanwhile, coroners have chalked up her death to a combination of the anesthesia and a steroid Mena was taking, something the SkinPiel clinic claimed it was unaware of at the time.
The freak accident marks a tragic end for the young musclewoman, who frequently took part in bodybuilding competitions, most notably winning the 2019 Miss and Mr. Hercules title, as well as the Wellness Fitness Juvenile contest just before she died, according to the Sun. She was reportedly also studying for a degree in nutrition.
Mena’s death sent shockwaves across social media with the Insta star’s personal trainer and boyfriend, Victor Gomez Carreno, reportedly posting on his private Instagram account:
“‘Your actions in life, echo in eternity,” he wrote. “I will take you with me forever short, it makes no sense to write here what I feel in my heart @odalis_sm, I love you.”