Bodybuilding legend John Meadows aka “Mountain Dog” died on Sunday, August 8th, 2021 at the age of 49. According to Fitness Volt, he died of a pulmonary embolism while he was sleeping.
The news was confirmed by Brooke Nappo on behalf of John Meadows’ wife, Mary Meadows. The statement on the bodybuilder’s official site reads:
“Dear friends and family, I am posting this on behalf of Mary. This morning John passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at their home. As you can imagine, this is a complete shock to her and the guys. She will update asap. Please know that she is very grateful for all of the prayers and support that she knows and that the boys will receive from all of you. -Brooke Nappo ”
John Meadows suffered cardiac arrest last year. He reportedly suffered from a “clotting disorder” in his blood but gradually recovered from the disease. He leaves behind his wife and twin sons.
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Pro bodybuilder John Meadows reportedly died of a pulmonary embolism (Image via Getty Images)
The sudden death of John Meadows left the bodybuilding community in complete shock. As already mentioned, the 49-year-old is said to have died of a pulmonary embolism.
Pulmonary embolism is caused by a possible blockage of one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs, according to the Mayo Clinic. The condition is caused by deep vein thrombosis, when a blood clot enters the lungs from deep veins in the human body.
John Meadows had a history of clotting, a condition that caused his previous cardiac arrest. In May 2020, Mary Meadows went to Facebook to share the cause of the bodybuilder’s heart attack:
“This is Mary, John had a heart attack today. His blood vessels appear to be fine. Possibly a bleeding disorder with his blood. He’s in the hospital now. Please keep him in your prayers. Thank you!”
At the time, John Meadows’ wife also announced that doctors found two huge blood clots on his arteries, even though there were no “plaque deposits”. Doctors reportedly cleaned the arteries, but said the fitness champ is likely to have recurring heart problems.
John Meadows’ heart disease has been reportedly linked to his near-fatal colon disease. In 2005, the weightlifter was diagnosed with a rare colon disease called idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of the mesenteric vein. He was hospitalized and had an immediate operation. The operation resulted in the removal of his entire colon.
In an old interview with Greatest Physiques, John Meadows shared that the surgery gave him additional health problems:
“The first initial operation in September 2005 was life-saving and they removed my entire colon. The operation itself caused many problems, including several hernias that were cleared up in 2007. “
However, John Meadows made a full recovery and recovered from the setbacks. Despite critical health conditions, he continued to build a star career in the bodybuilding industry.
Before his tragic death, the IFBB Pro Bodybuilder served as a trainer for 212 Olympic gold medalist Shaun Clarida and Olympic fitness champion Missy Truscott.
John Meadows inspired several people in the ward. Fans and colleagues have used social media to pay tribute to the legend.
He is greatly missed by the people in the bodybuilding industry and his legacy will be cherished by future generations.
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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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