Shawn Rhoden, a bodybuilder, died of a heart attack at the age of 46.
According to Generation Iron, the former Mr. Olympia champion’s death was announced Saturday morning and confirmed by his trainer Chris Aceto.
Shawn Rhoden, a professional bodybuilder, died on Saturday at the age of 46 after suffering a heart attack, according to Generation Iron.
According to GI, his old trainer Chris Aceto and others acquainted with Rhoden, a guy considered as a “contemporary legend” in the bodybuilding scene despite his life and career being marred by scandal, confirmed the former Mr. Olympia champion’s tragic death.
Rich Gaspari, a former bodybuilder, was among many who expressed their sympathies through social media, saying he was “shocked” to hear the news.
“I was shocked to learn about Mr. Olympia @flexatronrhoden’s death.” On Saturday, Gaspari captioned an Instagram image, “It’s really sorry to learn about his death.” “He had always treated me with respect. Shawn had one of the most attractive physiques in the sport. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family. “#rip #ripbrother,” says the narrator.
According to GI, Rhoden began training as a bodybuilder in 1992, but a series of ailments derailed his early career, forcing him to withdraw from a number of amateur events.
According to GI, Rhoden’s health issues, exacerbated by the anguish he felt when his father died, caused him to develop an alcohol addiction, further delaying his objective of returning to competition.
After years of recuperation, Rhoden received his professional accreditation from the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) in 2010, according to GI.
Rhoden went on to participate in around 30 professional tournaments throughout the globe over the next eight years, placing in the top three in about 70% of the competitions he entered.
According to GI, he won his first professional competition in 2012, the IFBB Dallas Europa Supershow, and followed it up with another first-place finish at the IFBB PBW Tampa Pro.
After overcoming opponent Phil Heath, who had never lost in seven years of competition, Rhoden became the oldest bodybuilder to win the coveted title of Mr. Olympia in his last competition in 2018.
Rhoden was accused of sexually abusing a female bodybuilder at a Salt Lake City hotel in 2019, according to GI, after winning the Mr. Olympia championship the year before. He was barred from the competition, with the option of reinstatement if he was found not guilty, but Rhoden’s case was never resolved.
“Brick by brick and patience it will take,” Rhoden wrote his last Instagram photo three days before his death was announced. “I’ll see you on the other side,” says the narrator.
“Oh, my God. This is a disaster. In the comments section of the article, bodybuilder and podcast presenter Roger Snipes commented, “My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to your loved ones brother.”
“Such a kind person. YouTuber Bradley Martyn added, “Rest In Peace.”