John Meadows, a well-known bodybuilder/coach “Mountain Dog”, has passed away peacefully at the home of his family.
Mary Meadows, his wife, posted a statement on the verified Facebook page of her husband announcing her husband’s death on Sunday morning.
Brooke Nappo, a family friend, posted the statement in Ms. Meadows’ name and promised to provide updates as soon as possible. The announcement did not include the cause of death.
“As you can imagine this is a complete shock to her and the boys,” Ms Nappo said in the post. “Please know [Mary] is very thankful for all the prayers and support she knows her and the boys will receive from you.”
Mr. Meadows was diagnosed with the rare colon disease Idiopathic Mizointimal Hyperplasia (Mesenteric Veins). He was admitted to the hospital in 2020 after suffering a heart attack due to a blood clot.
He was able to recover and continue training and coaching. In a June blog post, Mr. Meadows addressed an unfounded claim that he died from cardiac arrest. He also highlighted his 2005 large intestine burst.
His last professional appearance was at the 2017 Muscle Mayhem Kansas Pro. He finished 14th according to Bar Bend. This was his first death report.
After his professional career, Mr. Meadows trained the next generation of bodybuilders including Brooke Walker who won the 2021 Tampa Pro Women’s Physique contest, and Theresa Ivancik, an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness pro.
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Ms. Ivancik stated in a statement to Bar Bend that she was devastated and shocked at the loss of one of the most respected professionals in the industry.
“John Meadows was a legend in the fitness industry … and not only a coach but a best friend! We have created such a strong bond in such a short period of time. He is and always will be such a huge part of my life,” she said.