MR Olympia champion Shawn Rhoden has reportedly died at the age of 46.
The pro bodybuilder suffered a fatal heart attack, according to sources close to Generation Iron.
The publication said Rhoden’s trainer, Chris Aceto, also confirmed the bodybuilder’s death to close friends.
Posts on social media from fellow athletes, experts and fans began pouring in for the late star on Saturday morning.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “RIP Shawn Rhoden. Very sad news and a travesty that your never had another chance to win Mr O!”
Another said: “Still can’t believe it. Rest in power Shawn Rhoden.”
Friends and fans also paid tribute to the star on his final Instagram post, shared on his account three days ago.
The post read: “Brick by brick and patience it will take. See you on the other side.”
Friend Rob Bailey wrote: “One of the greatest. we had so many good times together. You will be missed man.”
Bradley Martin added: “Such a kind soul. Rest In Peace.”
Shawn Rhoden was a modern bodybuilding legend who also faced serious controversy in the years after winning the Mr. Olympia in 2018.
He discovered bodybuilding in 1992 and entered into the sport at an amateur level.
However he faced several injuries and after his dad died, he turned to alcoholism.
Years later and following a slow recovery, he returned to the sport, eventually earning his IFBB Pro card in 2010.
Shawn placed 11th at his Mr. Olympia debut in 2011.
He rose to third place in 2012 and from then on remained in the top five of the competition year after year.
In 2018, Shawn defeated Phil Heath in the Mr. Olympia at the age of 43 – making him the oldest bodybuilder to ever win the title.