The bodybuilding world was rocked by some heartbreaking news this week. IFBB and WBF veteran David Dearth has passed away.
Dearth reportedly died on Monday, August 5th, at the age of just 56. According to his social media, he had been in the hospital for surgery to remove some abscesses. However, things took a tragic turn as Dearth suffered a heart attack while in the hospital. This resulted in the terrible passing of the bodybuilder.
This saddening news was broke to the public, with a heartfelt Facebook post from Jeff Petee, a friend of David Dearth.
“Good morning all.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce my friend, IFBB Pro David Dearth, passed away Monday night Aug 5th after suffering a heart attack while in the hospital.
David was a larger than life character who lived his live to the fullest each and every day of his life, with very few regrets. Rather than mourn his passing. I’m quite sure David would want you to celebrate his life, like he celebrated every day of his life.
David loved his family very much, and I’m sure his loss is a big one for them, so please keep them in your thoughts as they move forward. To his girlfriend Maureen, I know through many talks that David loved you very much, and couldn’t stop talking about how much you have done for him these past couple of years.
To David, Aaron, and Andrew his sons, Dave was so very proud of all of you, and talked about you every time I was able to talk with him.
Arrangements for David will be posted soon by his family.
Rest in Peace my friend… I’ll miss our late night talks and all the advice you gave me when we met back in 1992.
This is such a sad thing to see, considering he had been sharing humorous messages, just days prior.
Dearth was known as the rock star of bodybuilding. Additionally, he competed under the IFBB banner from 1990-2001, even competing at the Olympia. However, he moved to the WBF after that and competed there for the rest of his career. He was known around the bodybuilding world for his upbeat attitude.
FitnessVolt offers its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of David Dearth. This is a heart-wrenching loss in our community.