According to sources, Shawn Rhoden died of a heart attack at the age of 46. Rhoden, who won Mr Olympia at the age of 43 in 2018, making him the oldest bodybuilder to ever win the championship, was dedicated to the sport until his death.
While Rhoden’s death has yet to be officially announced, individuals close to him alerted bodybuilding and fitness publication Generation Iron of the devastating news.
Chris Aceto, Rhoden’s trainer, allegedly confirmed the former champion’s death to close friends.
According to the news site, Rhoden died as a result of a heart attack.
‘Brick by brick and patience it will take,’ Rhoden said in his penultimate social media message, three days ago. ‘I’ll see you on the other side,’ says the narrator.
Fans and colleagues of the champion have been paying respect to Rhoden on social media.
‘Shawn was such a real man, for him to contact me, follow me, and offer me words of encouragement being a random kid from Australia only went to show how amazing of a man he was,’ tweeted fitness coach and lifelong admirer Bonheur.
‘I can’t believe he’s already gone.’
Pro bodybuilder Jeremy Potvin tweeted a sequence of praying emojis along with the message, “going gonna miss you brother.”
Baran Kalyci and Bradley Martin, both bodybuilders, paid homage, with Bradley writing: ‘Such a wonderful soul.’ ‘May you rest in peace.’
‘One of the best,’ remarked Rob Bailey. We spent a lot of time together and had a lot of fun. ‘Man, you’ll be missed.’
‘Oh man,’ wrote Roger Snipes. This is a disaster. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family, brother.’
‘LEGACY LIVES FOREVER,’ Kai Greene said, while Simeon Panda remarked, ‘Shocked and devastated to receive this news this morning, rest in peace brother.’
Rhoden was a well-known bodybuilder who placed in the top five of the Mr Olympia competition for several years before winning the title in 2018.
He got interested in bodybuilding in the 1990s, but dropped out until returning to the sport as a professional in 2010.