Former Mr. Olympia champion Shawn Rhoden has reportedly passed away at the age of 46 on November 6th 2021. According to sources close to Generation Iron, the cause of death was a massive heart attack.
Crhis Aceto, who was Rhoden’s trainer and friend has also confirmed Shawn Rhoden’s death to close friends. At the same time hundreds of fans on social media began to pour out for the late champion star on Saturday morning.
One fan paid tribute on Twitter: “RIP Shawn Rhoden. Very sad news and a travesty’s that your never had another chance to win Mr O!” Another wrote: “Still can’t believe it. Rest in power Shawn Rhoden.”
Who was Shawn Rhoden ?
Rhoden started competing in 1999 as an amateur. He won his pro card in 2009 at the IFBB North American event as a heavyweight. His pro debut was at the 2010 Europa Pro where he placed 16th. He made his debut on the Olympia stage in 2011, where he placed 11th.
His first pro win came at the 2012 Tampa Pro, which allowed him to compete in his first Olympia that year. He jumped eight placings to finish in third place at that contest.
Rhoden’s biggest success was Mr. Olympia 2018 where he took the Olympia title. He was the older competitor to win the title at 43 years of age.
In recent years, Rhoden lived in Las Vegas, NV, where he helped grow Muscle Beach Nutrition, a supplement company with which he was heavily involved. He also served as a mentor and coach to many competitors throughout the IFBB Pro League. Rhoden has left his wife and daughter.
On his Instagram profile, under his last picture he says “Brick by brick and patience it will take. See you on the other side.“
Today, friends and fans paid tribute by commenting on Shawn’s photo.
Friend Rob Bailey commented: “One of the greatest. we had so many good times together. You will be missed man.”
Bradley Martin added: “Such a kind soul. Rest In Peace.”
Kai Greene said: “LEGACY LIVES FOREVER ❤️“
Condolences to Rhoden’s family and close friends ! Rest in peace Champion.