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The Bodybuilding World Reacts to the Passing of Matt Mendenhall

Many bodybuilding followers and athletes have been shocked to seek out out that former NPC bodybuilder Matt Mendenhall handed away on Aug. 28 on the age of 61. As of this writing, no reason behind loss of life had been formally introduced.

Mendenhall was a fixture on high newbie phases within the 1980’s. Whereas many noticed the potential he had, he by no means was capable of safe a professional card. The closest he got here was ending second within the heavyweight class on the World Video games in 1985. Whereas he retired an newbie, his identify was all the time recalled by individuals who bear in mind his period of bodybuilding fondly.

Many individuals from the previous and current eras paid tribute to a person that was thought-about by many to be the greatest bodybuilder to by no means flip professional.

Rachel McLish, former Ms. Olympia, on Fb

Ms. Olympia Rachael McLish and female bodybuilder runner up Carla Dunlap at the Ms Olympia competition 1982
Invoice Dobbins

“I used to be shocked and saddened once I opened Fb late final night time to listen to of Matt’s passing. For all of us who have been fortunate sufficient to be his buddy, we cherished him principally for his form coronary heart, his generosity, his candy nature, and naturally his humorousness. There’s a lot to say about Matt, and it’s all good! Those that knew or noticed him by means of the magazines or in individual immediately realized that this man was particular and his physicality was out of this world.”

Shawn Ray on Instagram

“Matt Mendenhall. (AKA. Mr. Genetics) was probably the most promising children in 1982 together with Lee Haney. He’s thought-about the best bodybuilder to have by no means turned skilled. Matt has an inventory of unlucky diseases that stopped him from reaching his peak and incomes his professional card. However regardless of all his unhealthy luck, he didn’t quit on his dream till he was compelled to – his physique began to close down after years of intense bodybuilding. #rip #GodSpeed #legend”

Wealthy Gaspari, 1989 Arnold Basic Champion on Instagram

“It’s very unhappy to listen to of the lack of Matt Mendenhall. Matt was an unbelievable bodybuilder that had essentially the most potential to be Mr. Olympia. He got here second to @lee_haney_official within the Nationals. I met Matt once I moved to California and lived in Reseda. He was considered one of many nice bodybuilders That skilled on the Gold’s Health club Reseda I managed and skilled with Lee Haney. My condolences to Matt’s household. #rip”

Cory Everson, former Ms. Olympia on Fb

Legendary female bodybuilder and Ms Olympia Cory Everson
Mike Neveux

“This previous 12 months, Matt and I had reconnected and communicated virtually each day and I realized increasingly more concerning the unbelievable man he grew into being. I’ll miss our conversations. I’ll miss sharing our personal tales and the laughs that got here with them. Matt, I’ll miss your heat and the prayers we shared. I’ll miss all of you, however I do know the place you might be, and who you might be with, and I do know you’re going to be in one of the best firm having fun with your properly deserved everlasting lifetime of well being and happiness. I’m so completely satisfied for you, however unhappy as I selfishly seemed ahead to our interplay. I thanks for all you probably did for me whereas on this Earth. Till we meet once more my candy little brother.”

His passing is the most recent in a bunch of athletes who’ve died during the last a number of weeks, together with John Meadows, former American Gladiator Billy Smith, Phil Hermon, and Alena Kosinova.

Everybody at Muscle & Health extends their condolences to Mendenhall’s household and associates.

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