Some very unfortunate news today after learning former Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson has suffered a massive heart attack at age 80 and is now on life support. Bill Pearl who is also a legendary bodybuilder (former Mr. Universe) and former training partner of Dickerson posted the following message via Facebook today…
“March 15, 2020, I received a phone call from my long-time friend /champion bodybuilder Joe Distinti.
Joe informed me that our close friend and former training partner Chris Dickerson (1970 AAU Mr. America, 1973 NABBA Amateur Mr. Universe, 1974 NABBA Professional Mr. Universe, 1982 IFBB Mr. Olympia) earlier this week, fell at his home and suffered a fractured hip.
While in the hospital Chris experienced a major heart attack and remains in intensive-care and is on a respirator.
Joe and I are keeping Chris in our prayers, hoping you will do the same.”
Dickerson apparently fell and fractures his hip earlier in the week, then had a heart attack while he was in the hospital where he’s currently in critical condition.
March 15, 2020, I received a phone call from my long-time friend /champion bodybuilder Joe Distinti. Joe informed me…
Si Sweeney, member and official of NABBA also posted a message on FB after hearing the sad news…
Dickerson’s most notable bodybuilding achievements include…
- 1970 AAU Mr. America
- 1973 NABBA Amateur Mr. Universe
- 1974 NABBA Professional Mr. Universe
- 1982 IFBB Mr. Olympia
He retired after winning the 50+ competition at the 1994 Masters Olympia and was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000. So he’s a prominent figure in bodybuilding history.
The bodybuilding world already lost a legend and former Mr. Olympia Franco Columbo last year and we hope Chris Dickerson can make it out of this with his health.