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Former Mr Olympia Champion Shawn Rhoden Dead After Alleged Heart Attack

Max Sherry

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Former Mr Olympia Champion Shawn Rhoden Dead After Alleged Heart Attack

Tributes have come flooding in following news of Shawn Rhoden's death.

It's understood the bodybuilding star has sadly passed away after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

He was just 46 years of age.

Having won the Mr Olympia competition back in 2018, Rhoden was widely regarded as one of the best bodybuilders on the planet who had a huge following with almost 2 million followers on Instagram alone.

On his path to a historic victory in 2018, Rhoden successfully fended off seven-time Mr Olympia and bodybuilding royalty Phil Heath.

Being 43 at the time, Rhoden was also the oldest to ever win the title.

According to Generation Iron, the 46-year-old had faced prior health concerns in the past which have since caught up with him.

It's understood Rhoden's trainer Chris Aceto has now confirmed to close friends that the bodybuilder has tragically died.

Shawn Rhoden. Credit: PA
Shawn Rhoden. Credit: PA

Since winning the biggest prize the sport has on offer, Rhoden has found himself in the spotlight away from the bright lights of the bodybuilding stage.

In 2019, he was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow female bodybuilder and was subsequently charged and banned from competing in the Mr Olympia competition.

Rhoden was never convicted and his suspension was ultimately reconsidered.

Just a few days prior to his death, he wrote a cryptic and eerie caption on an Instagram post.

"Brick by brick and patience it will take. See you on the other side," Rhoden said.

Despite the controversy surrounding him, the American is seen as an iconic figure in the sport by bodybuilding fans with thousands flooding to social media to pay their respects to him.

Rest In Peace, Shawn.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@flexatronrhoden

Topics: Australia

Max Sherry
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