Former Mr. Olympia champion Shawn Rhoden has passed away at age 46. Rhoden was born in Kingston Jamaica on April 2, 1975, and reportedly died on November 6, 2021.
While we do not have much information on his death, our sources have reported a heart attack as the cause although we will be sure to update with more details. Shawn Rhoden left behind one daughter.
RX Muscle, Muscular Development and Rhoden’s coach, Chris Aceto also confirmed this news.
This is one of many recent deaths in the bodybuilding community with Classic Physique and more recently 212 competitor George Peterson passing away right before the 2021 Olympia.
Shawn Rhoden is also now one of four Mr. Olympia champions to have passed including Sergio Oliva, Larry Scott, and Franco Columbo, all of who died within the last 10 years.
Shawn Rhoden Bio
While he started off with aspirations to become a soccer player in his youth, Shawn Rhoden would trade in his cleats for posing trunks after starting his bodybuilding journey in 1992, two years after coming to the United States.
After many injuries and following alcohol addiction mainly due to the death of his father Lloyd, “Flexatron” earned his Pro Card in either 2009 or 2010. He quickly made a name for himself climbing the ranks impressively before eventually becoming the oldest Mr. Olympia champion in history, winning the prestigious show in 2018 at the age of 43 and five months old and defeating 7x champion Phil Heath in the process.
Following his big win, Rhoden fell into some legal trouble after sexual assault accusations and was immediately banned from competing at the Olympia. Although, there were some rumors he’d possibly compete again at some point.
Shawn Rhoden Bodybuilding History
- 2018 Mr. Olympia – 1st
- 2017 Mr. Olympia – 5th
- 2016 Mr. Olympia – 2nd
- 2016 Kuwait Pro Men’s Bodybuilding – 3rd place
- 2015 EVL’s Prague Pro – 3rd
- 2015 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
- 2014 IFBB San Marino Pro – 1st
- 2014 EVL’s Prague Pro – 3rd
- 2014 Dubai Pro – 2nd
- 2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe – 2nd
- 2014 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
- 2014 IFBB Australian Pro – 1st
- 2014 IFBB Arnold Classic – 2nd
- 2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe – 4th
- 2013 Mr. Olympia – 4th
- 2012 IFBB EVL’s Prague Pro – 2nd
- 2012 IFBB British Grand Prix – 1st
- 2012 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe – 1st
- 2012 Mr. Olympia – 3rd
- 2012 IFBB Dallas Europa Supershow – 1st
- 2012 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro – 1st
- 2012 NPC Dexter Jackson Classic – NP
- 2012 IFBB Arnold Classic – 8th
- 2012 IFBB FLEX Pro – 4th
- 2011 Mr. Olympia – 11th
- 2011 IFBB Dallas Europa Super Show – 3rd
- 2010 IFBB Dallas Europa Super Show – 6th
This is still a developing story we will be updating this article as more information from this breaking news story emerges. Fitness Volt would like to offer our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Shawn Rhoden.
The enlarged heart which probably caused the heart attack was most probably caused by steroids! I know first hand lost my world power lifting champion husband to same thing. U don’t get big without steroids and steroids kill.
Very sad, condolences on your loss of your husband. I agree, the steroid addiction can be as dangerous and fatal as any other addiction.
How sad. I am truly sorry for your loss. R.I.H. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ God bless and watch over his family. ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Steroid get you big but is it worth the tradeoff it can kill you like any addiction it gets u if u get carried away.
Es una pena que gente tan joven muera por un fanatismo y que seria bueno pensarlo dos veces antes de arriesgar la vida por algo efímero como un título; poner en la balanza tu salud, tu familia por el ego de sentirte Dios por unos instantes….
Nos preguntamos realmente vale la pena?