Paul Love was a true legend in the sport of bodybuilding. He tragically lost his life at the age of 86 years old.
Love was a true icon in the bodybuilding world, participating as both a competitor and promoter. Throughout the 50’s and 60’s he competed as a pro, taking the stage in some big contests. However he had his biggest impact in the 80’s, as a promoter, putting on shows like the World Games Bodybuilding Championships.
Unfortunately, according to a Facebook post from Shawn Ray, Paul Love has passed away. The heartbreaking message did not reveal any details on the circumstances of his passing. However, he revealed the sentiments of the community, who will definitely miss this legendary figure.
This was his message:
Sending condolences to the Love Family, Madeline Love & her sister Liz Love. It was an honor knowing your father…
“Sending condolences to the Love Family, Madeline Love & her sister Liz Love.
It was an honor knowing your father Paul
Love and his contributions to the sport of bodybuilding as both an athlete and a promoter.
May he Rest In Peace.🙏🏽
He gave the world 86 years and left a legacy to the sport of bodybuilding I had the pleasure of witnessing.
I know he was so much more to you guys but from a distance, his impact has been noticed by many.
In addition to these warm messages of mourning from Ray, other members of the bodybuilding community left comments, offering their thoughts and prayers.
Ms. Olympia competitor Cathey Palyo offered her condolences
“Sincere condolences. I knew Paul and he will be missed greatly.”
1983 Olympia winner Samir Bannout was clearly affected by this tragedy.
“OMG, whatta bad news about Paul Love,
I remember guest posing for Paul at his show in San Jose in the early 80’s… a very nice man indeed! May his soul R.I.P!! Truly saddened by the news. My condolences to his family”
Natural bodybuilder John Hansen offered words of kindness as well.
“Wow, another great legend of the sport passes away. RIP Paul Love!”
Dave Palumbo offered his condolences, too.
FitnessVolt would like to offer it’s sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Paul Love. He lived a full life, and will surely be missed.