Shawn Rhoden, bodybuilding star and former Mr. Olympia champion, has died at the age of 46 years old following a reported fatal heart attack.
Rhoden was one of the biggest stars in the bodybuilding world, winning the Olympia in 2018 — the Super Bowl of bodybuilding competitions — defeating 7x Olympia champ, the legendary Phil Heath, who’d won 7 straight years.
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Shawn was 43 years old at the time, making him the oldest to ever win the prestigious title.
According to Generation Iron, Rhoden suffered a heart attack that sadly took his life.
Shawn first got into bodybuilding as an amateur in the early 90s … where he competed on and off over the years. In 2010 Rhoden turned pro, finishing in a respectable 11th place at his first Mr. Olympia.
Rhoden returned the following year, making a huge jump, finishing 3rd … before ultimately winning outright in 2018.
The bodybuilder wasn’t without controversy … in 2019, he was accused of sexually assaulting a female bodybuilder in Utah in 2018. Rhoden was never convicted of a crime associated with the alleged incident.
Rhoden last posted on social media 3 days ago, writing what now seems like an eerie caption … “Brick by brick and patience it will take . See you on the other side.”
The fitness world has also flooded social media with an outpouring of love for the late bodybuilder.
Legendary bodybuilder Rich Gaspari wrote … “I am shocked to hear of the passing of Mr. Olympia @flexatronrhoden It’s very sad to hear of his passing. He had always been a gentleman towards me. Shawn had one of the most aesthetic physiques in bodybuilding. My condolences to his family. #rip #ripbrother”
YouTube star Bradley Martin added … “Such a kind soul. Rest In Peace.”