A fitness YouTube star died after police said they found him attacking his Tinder date with a knife and subdued him with stun guns

Erich Stelzer

  • Fitness YouTube star Erich Stelzer died in police custody in Cohasset, Massachusetts, on Thursday, according to authorities.
  • It came after police used a stun gun on the man multiple times when trying to control him during a disturbance call, the Cohasset Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook.
  • Police said they found him stabbing 24-year-old Maegan Tapley, whom Stelzer had reportedly met on Tinder.
  • Tapley is expected to make a full recovery, and an investigation into Stelzer’s death is ongoing, according to authorities.

A fitness YouTube star died on Thursday after police used stun guns on him when officers found him attacking his Tinder date with a knife, according to a press release from the Cohasset Police Department posted on Facebook.

Erich Stelzer, 25, died in custody on Thursday in Cohasset, Massachusetts, after police received a call about a disturbance and found the bodybuilder assaulting a 24-year-old woman with a knife, the District Attorney’s office told Boston 25 News.

The woman, identified as Maegan Tapley, had reportedly met Stelzer on Tinder. She sustained extensive stab and slash wounds in the attack and was able to escape when police arrived on the scene, according to authorities.

It was then that police said they tried to control Stelzer with what the press release describes as „tasers.“ Tasers are a brand of electroshock weapon or stun guns that are said to be non-lethal but have the potential to stop someone’s heart.

„In an effort to rescue the victim and disarm Stelzer, Cohasset Police officers used tasers [sic] to subdue Stelzer,“ the Cohasset Police Department said in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday. „Stelzer was immediately provided medical attention by EMTs. During transport to a local area hospital, Stelzer became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead.“


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Stelzer was a 6-foot-8-inches-tall, 300-pound bodybuilder, his father, Harold, told Boston’s NBC affiliate.

He called the use of stun guns on his son „excessive.“

„My son was in that house healthy, and 15 minutes later, he’s dead,“ Harold Stelzer told NBC. „I want to apologize to the girl who was assaulted, but until I find out from the police what happened, I’m not making any judgments.“

Police said in the press release that an autopsy will be conducted to determine what caused Stelzer’s death.

Tapley is expected to make a full recovery from the stab wounds.

„My sister has been through a horrific attack that would have killed her had the police not arrived,“ Tapley’s sister told Boston 25 News. „It’s going to be a long recovery due to extensive wounds, but she’s an amazing, strong, young woman and will get through this.“

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