IFBB figure pro Amanda Savell found dead in Plano, Texas
by Allan Donnelly
June 5, 2008
IFBB professional figure competitor Amanda Savell was found dead early this morning in Plano, Texas, reportedly from a gunshot wound to the head.
Plano detectives aren't releasing information about whether the deaths were a double homicide or a murder-suicide, whether a weapon was found near the bodies, or any other details. Reports indicate that Savell was murdered along with David Jacobs, with whom Savell had been engaged in an on-again, off-again relationship that began in 2006. Police found the bodies of both Savell and Jacobs early this morning in Jacobs' home in Plano. Savell was 30 years old.
Jacobs, 35, had been accused of selling steroids to many NFL football players and reportedly named names with the league's security officials. In May, Jacobs was sentenced to three years probation for running an international steroids ring.
Savell was one of the top figure competitors in the IFBB and appeared in numerous magazines since earning her pro card at the 2005 NPC USA Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships. She twice won the Europa Super Show, in 2005 and 2006, and was the runner-up at the Figure International in 2007.
"She was a wonderful person and a real friend to everyone in the sport," Texas NPC Chairman Lee Thompson said. "Our condolences go out to her and her family."
Amanda Savell at the 2007 Figure International, where she placed 2nd
Savell from photo shoots with Muscle and Fitness