John Meadows dies at 49

Pro bodybuilder and coach John Meadows dies unexpectedly at 49

The bodybuilding world is in shock after the news of John Meadows passing. The well-known bodybuilder and coach “Mountain Dog” John Meadows has died “unexpectedly and peacefully” at his family’s home on Sunday 8th of August 2021. He was only 49.

His wife, Mary Meadows, released a statement on her husband’s verified Facebook page announcing his passing on Sunday morning.

John Meadows cause of death

According to sources, he died in his sleep and the cause of death is pulmonary embolism. (blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from deep veins in the legs or, rarely, from veins in other parts of the body).

The statement on the bodybuilder’s official page reads:

“Dear Friends & Family, I am posting this on behalf of Mary. This morning John passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in their home. As you can imagine, this is a complete shock to her and the boys. She will update as soon as she can. Please know she is very thankful for all the prayers and support she knows her and the boys will receive from you all. -Brooke Nappo”



Just a year ago in May 2020, John suffered a heart attack, from which he managed to recover quite well, according to sources close to the bodybuilder.

In May 2020, Mary Meadows took to Facebook to share the cause of the bodybuilder’s heart attack:

“This is Mary, John has suffered a heart attack today. His blood vessels appear to be fine. Potentially a clotting disorder with his blood. He is in the hospital now. Please keep him in your prayers. Thank you!”

Who was John Meadows

John Meadows was a well known bodybuilder and coach. He served as an inspiration for thousands of people in the fitness community.


Having grown up in a poor family without his parents, John had to overcome several obstacles. He was raised by his grandmother. He entered his first bodybuilding competition at the age of 13 in 1985 while also pursuing his passion for powerlifting.

He eventually eared his reputation as a respected bodybuilder, going onto to compete in numerous national shows.



In 2005, he was diagnosed with a serious colon disease, which made things even worse. John nearly lost his life by bleeding to death when his colon burst.

He returned to bodybuilding two years after his surgery and went on to compete in national shows. Despite the severe health set-back in 2005, he eventually secured a famous Pro Card – winning first place at the NPC Universe in 2015.

Until recently, he continued to take part in bodybuilding contests across America.

Meadows’ last pro contest was the 2017 Muscle Mayhem Kansas Pro, where he placed 14th.

He will be deeply missed by people in the bodybuilding community and his legacy will be cherished by future generations.

Condolences to John’s family and friends from the team of Fitness and Power.



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