Retired bodybuilder Matt Maclaughlin has passed away. He was best known for winning the 1992 NPC Teen National Championship. The cause of his death is not known at the moment. The news of McLaughlin’s passing was confirmed by his friend Kevin Mcgaunn.
Although Maclaughlin had a short bodybuilding career, many professional bodybuilders spoke highly of his potential. They opined that he had the necessary tools to become a successful professional bodybuilder if he had chosen to pursue a career in the sport.
Rx Muscle reported the official news of the bodybuilder’s passing on their Instagram account. See the post below:
“Sad news, as Matt McLaughlin passes away. McLaughlin won the 1992 NPC Teen National Championship as well as taking the top spot in the Light Heavyweight class at the 1993 North American Championships. We send our warmest wishes to his family, friends, and fans.”
Matt MacLaughlin’s bodybuilding career at a glance
Matt MacLaughlin made his NPC debut by scoring a thumping victory at the 1991 NPC New England Championships in the Teen Lightweight category. Winning the 1992 NPC Teen Nationals was the most notable achievement of his career. However, he also replicated the success at the 1993 North American Championships, winning in the Light Heavyweight category.
His decade-long bodybuilding career concluded after a runner-up finish at the 2001 NPC Ironman Championships. Although he retired from the sport way too early, many of his co-competitors believed that he had the potential to make it big if he stayed around longer.
According to reports, MacLaughlin was not happy with the results of the 1997 NPC Massachusetts Championships as he expected to emerge victoriously. He is said to have smashed his runner-up trophy at the end of the show and his friends had to be removed from the event for protesting the outcome.
It was also reported that Matt MacLaughlin got into trouble with the law as he had spent some time in prison because of his alleged involvement with drugs.
Matt MacLaughlin Competition History
- New England Championships – NPC, Teen LightWeight, 1st
- Teen Nationals – NPC, MiddleWeight, 3rd
- Teen Nationals – NPC, Overall Winner
- Teen Nationals – NPC, MiddleWeight, 1st
- North American Championships – IFBB, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st
- Nationals – NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 13th
- Nationals – NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 8th
- Massachusetts Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, 2nd
- Gold’s Classic (New Jersey) – NPC, HeavyWeight, 8th
- Ironman Championships – NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 2nd
Fitness Volt shares heartfelt condolences with Matt MacLaughlin’s family and friends and wishes them all the strength to cope with the loss of their loved one.