President Hassan Rouhani has expressed his deepest condolences at the passing of Iran’s two-time Paralympic champion powerlifter Siamand Rahman.

Iran Press/Iran news: The world’s strongest Paralympian died at the age of 31 after a suspected heart attack on Sunday (1 March) in his hometown Oshnavieh.

Rouhani said: "The sudden and unfortunate death of our country's prideful powerlifter, the late Siamand Rahman, caused great sadness." 

"This talented and good-tempered athlete, who holds the world record of powerlifting and several Paralympic and Para Asian championships, will always be remembered and his his generous will and sincere faith will be inspired next generations of Iran," the president said.

Rouhni added, "I would like to extend my condolences to the honorable people of Iran, the sports community, and especially the National Powerlifting Team, the honorable people of the West Azarbaijan province and his dear family."

In his Message, President Rouhani beseeched the Almighty to grant him everlasting mercy and salvation and patience for the survivors.

Rahman broke onto international stage at the Kuala Lumpur 2010 World Championships where he competed in the men’s over 100 kg taking the silver medal behind teammate Karem Rajabi Golojeh.

Two years later, he took his first Paralympic title at London 2012 breaking his own world record with a 291 kg-lift.

Rahman broke the world record nine times in three years from 2014-2016 and took his first world title at Dubai 2014 in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In Brazil, the Iranian was responsible for one of the outstanding moments in Paralympic Games history when he became the first Paralympian to lift more than 300 kg. 

The remarkable 310 kg-lift which gave Rahman his second Paralympic gold still stands as the world record in the men’s over 107 kg category.

Since Rio, the Iranian has also won two more world titles at Mexico City 2017 and Nur-Sultan 2019.