We’re very dismayed to learn about another death in the bodybuilding community. Former IFBB Pro bodybuilder Laura Bass supposedly took her life own life at age 49 after battling with depression for a long time, according to fellow competitor Tonya Knight.
Knight took to social media to share the unfortunate news and a little about who Bass was.
“Today is a very sad day for bodybuilders and fans all over the World.
Laura Bass has been struggling with Depression for a very long time and unfortunately took her own life yesterday. Laura was one of the most kind and compassionate people I know.
She nursed injured animals back to health. She was one of the most beautiful and talented IFBB PRO Bodybuilders. I’m so proud to have been a friend of Laura’s❣️
Please Pray for her loved ones and most importantly her Son❣️
R.I.P. Sweet Laura. Sending hugs and prayers to David & Maria Schupp”
Today is a very sad day for bodybuilders and fans all over the World. Laura Bass has been struggling with Depression for…
Posted by Tonya Knight on Saturday, January 23, 2021
Bass was a competitor in the 90s, although she did have a rather short career. She turned Pro after winning the 1992 NPC Nationals heavyweight and only competed twice more since then but didn’t have much luck, placing 9th and 10th at the 1994 and 1995 Ms International.
But she was obviously much more than a competitor according to her friend. She was kind and compassionate and had a passion for animals which says a lot.
A beautiful person inside and out, Bass will truly be missed and we’d like to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to her family and friends.
- 1992 Junior USA – NPC, Overall Winner
- 1992 Junior USA – NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st
- 1992 Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st
- 1994 Ms International – IFBB, 9th
- 1995 Ms International – IFBB, 10th
See her interview with RXMuscle a few years back:
Goes to show you that body builder is a health issue both physically and mentally. Too much stress and determination. Besides that type of body is a turn-off especially for women. Women’s body was ment to be feminine not masculine.
Shut up dude mental health has no borders and women are beautiful no matter what they look like.
Not true, Sue. If a woman ( or man) is obese, they are not “beautiful”.
There are different types of depression. We have no idea if what type she was suffering from. It’s sad she took her life.
RIP Laura Bass, I remember watching you at your best.
I think you ladies look marvelous. Keep up the good work. Never mind Marvin…..he feels threatened. Don’t cha Marvin…..lol
It always breaks my heart when someone takes there own life and Laura’s passing is no different. Rest in paradise in heaven.
Hi. Know matter what you are going thru you should never take your own life. Because you go straight to hell for that
You sure don’t know much, do you RayRay. Go back to school!!
KNOW matter what you NO thru your faith, KNOW one should say they NO what happens to another child of God. KNOW matter what, you NO?
Ah well. Steroids will make u depressed. To many wrestlers killed themselves and or their families. And no women do not look good with all that muscle. Men dont either. Some is good. But when your breast start to flatten out thats to much. And not all obese ppl are ugly or nasty.
Stupid comment Mental illness is a major problem in our society Don’t judge anyone if you never had it God is loving Clueless
Daniel Hayward the facts, according to God’s commandments, RayRay’s remarks is the truth! “DO NOT KILL” doesn’t mean just the unborn babies children, adults or yourself! Heaven is Real but Hell is real also! The choice is ours where we spend eternity!
Help is out there, if you want it!
Very sad to hear that news. I do remember hearing her name back in the 90s myself. Sad RIP.
Tragic, like all suicides. I never followed body-building, but I remember her well. She was just “Wow!” Such grace & power & femininity wrapped into one person. Feel sorry for her son.
Just a comment on the lady bodybuilder that took her own life.Depression is a mental illness. Although it is a sad end to her life we need to be careful not to judge. And a reminder to Ray Ray and Diane, the word Hell is synonymous with the Greek word Hades, and the Hebrew word She’ohl’, All 3 of these words mean the Common Grave.
Life is a gift, for many, they feel it’s a struggle.
Get off the treadmill! Follow your heart. There are highs and lows in life. Your blessed if you hv at least one true friend that is there for you. Animals, like dogs, cats, etc, can be a solid support, to help in avoid loneliness.
We are made to serve and to have community.
It’s opposite, what the world tells us. Follow your heart, for richer or poorer. Don’t chase $. It will not fulfill.
Nobody can say if she is in heaven or hell!! This is what makes me the most irritated reading comments from ppl that think they can go start preaching n really you should stop look n understand instead of judgement judgement judgement let me tell you ppl this you are not the one to throw the judgement word around!! Haven’t you ever read that God forgives ppl for their sins if you ask for forgiveness even when it is your last moment on earth. God forgives ppl that are not in the right state of mind so If your sitting there wondering if u want to live or die isn’t that not being in the right state of mind??? I don’t know about ya’ll but that would fall onto the line’s of not being in the right state of mind I would think! I’ve lost a lot of close friends n family to suicide and I might add this is not a way to take care of your problems you leave ppl behind that doesn’t understand what was going thru your head when you do this act to yourself! The only way I have coped with this damn problem we have is that God does not judge you if you are not in the right state of mind n I hope he forgives ppl for doing this if they do ask for forgiveness before they do it. Now I know what ppl are saying that rapist murderers n child killers are not in the right state of mind totally two different things when it comes to suicide. You choose to hurt a child or person other than yourself yes I think you should be judged but if you have spiraled out of control n feel like there is no hope the lord watches n knows what we go thru! If you ask for forgiveness you shall receive. The theory of Hell bound with suicide I do not believe, I’ve gone to church my entire life I lived next door to a church growing up so I’ve heard it all and I remember talking about suicide and that’s my perspective of death by suicide. It really doesn’t matter to me how many ppl do not agree with me I’m just saying we have 10 year olds that commit suicide because they are bullied at school n younger than that too do you really think that the Lord is not there for them?? Absolutely the Lord is there for them!! I know I’m gonna get back lash for this one but I had to say it! Idk if it’s the truth but I like my truth better than what other ppl say. If you haven’t had someone close to you that’s done this you may not understand but many ppl are in this situation n it’s a thought. Sry if I made ppl mad but ha that’s life!!
Dear Lord I pray you will comfort her Son right now. That he would feel your presence to know that he is loved by You in his time of need. That he is not alone in this journey of his life. I pray Lord that you would provide for all his needs; physical, emotionally and spiritually.
For those who continue to battle depression I pray you would seek the help of the Lord and seek medical attention. God is a living God and when you put your faith and trust in Him you will be able to guide and direct you to the help you need to overcome the depression. There is no shame in taking medication – it is not a sign of weakness. God created you for a purpose cuz he loves you! Don’t give up on Him, don’t give up on yourself, don’t ‘give up hope! With God nothing is impossible!
I hope Laura is a t peace. There are Christian pastors who commit suicide. It is not the unforgivable sin. Some people wrestle with depression and suicidal feelings for years. It does not mean that they don’t love God or have faith in Jesus Christ to save them. People are so quick to judge, and have no understanding of what a person is going through. I will pray for her family at this very sad time. god is slow to anger and quick to forgive in the Bible. Let’s not forget that. God bless.