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+ 3 R.I.P Shawn Rhoden


Shawn Rhoden aka Mr Olympia 2018 has passed away at the age of 46. It has been officially confirmed by Muscular Development. No cause of death has been released yet. Rest in Peace to the man who dethroned Phil Heath. Gone too soon.

Dingleberry's picture

I think this man got back stabbed by a woman that wanted money and he didn't want to pay her.. I had the opportunity to meet Shawn the year he won Mr. Olympia. he was guest posing and noticed I should've gotten 1st when i got 2nd and him and I had a great conversation for about 30mins . He told me to keep staying humble and wait for my time. He was well over 300lbs that year and was so big and looked out of shape and for him to come in dialed in was remarkable and he deserves it. its a real tragedy. I think he died from being stressed out and being so big. My dad and I discussed this during thanksgiving he made sure I got a photo with Shawn and I'm still in shock that he died.

Ms WorkerBee's picture

His life story is cool, his untimely death is not cool. The oldest Mr Olympia to win at age 43 years old. Nicknamed Flexatron. He is the 4th Mr Olympia to die dating back to 1965. I think he did not compete in future Mr olympia's because he was charges with sexually assaulting a lady. He pleaded not guilty but i do not know what happened with the outcome. It looks like with all the ME TOO protests and the timing of it he was banned from Future Mr Olympias, a politically correct move it seems. I think getting somebodies autopsy is allowed. I wonder if a heart attack was the actual cause and manner of death.

M1ndter's picture

His death was felt all over the bodybuilding community. I'm sure many males here felt in some way his pain of being treated like a criminal without being convicted of the crime.

Gjbig's picture

R.I.P champ
Please donate to his go fund me to help his daughter!

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blackjack115's picture

Damn, died never being allowed to defend his title.

Swolder84's picture

Such sad news to the bodybuilding world, Shawn was a huge inspiration in the sport. He had such an amazing physique, undeniable symmetry, my condolences to his close friends and family.

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11chuck88's picture

Very sad. The man was an inspiration. Fought his way through the battle of alcoholism and got sober only then to earn his pro card and eventually go on to win the O at 43. RIP.

press1's picture

I think he is the oldest guy to ever win the Mr. O isn't he?

11chuck88's picture

I believe he was.

Rustyhooker's picture

Young dude too RIP

press1's picture

Just heard about this - Very sad news Sad

Apparently it was a Heart Attack.

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Shred777's picture

Damn. I was stoked when he beat Heath. Inspired too. He deserve that win. He had everybody beat.

dazedchef's picture

Yes! That year was awesome. He stayed covered up all season too. He had placed 5th the year before. He stepped on stage looking like a statue. I remember yelling "hell yea!!" when he stopped and was looking at Phil trying to catch his breath with his gut all poking out. It sucks he never got to clear his name of those charges.

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DCHI1890's picture

cool story but he died due to steroids. I'm sure his family is so proud that he brought you joy and you said "hell yea!"

wanted's picture

I guess they will say the same about you. But atleast he won an olympia. What did you win.

press1's picture

What a Stupid & Inappropriate comment from you as per usual.

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