Shawn Rhoden Biography – Shawn Rhoden Wiki
Shawn Rhoden was a Jamaican-American IFBB professional bodybuilder and former Mr. Olympia champion. In 2018, he won the Mr. Olympia contest by defeating 7-time Olympia champion, Phil Heath, who’d won it seven straight years. He was also the oldest competitor to win the prestigious title at the age of 43.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Rhoden migrated to the United States in 1990 and settled in Maryland. An aspiring soccer player in his early teens, Rhoden started bodybuilding in 1992 with inspiration from former Mr. Universe champion, Yohnnie Shambourger. He entered into his amateur bodybuilding career, but faced several injuries that pulled him out of competing. In 2002, his father passed away. The combination of these two events led to Shawn Rhoden developing an addiction to alcohol – completely derailing any chance of returning to a career of competitive bodybuilding. However, after putting much work into slow recovery, he returned to bodybuilding and earned his IFBB Pro card in 2010.
Rhoden placed 11th at his Mr. Olympia debut in 2011, 3rd at the 2012 Mr. Olympia, and 4th at the 2013 Mr. Olympia competition. In 2014, he was third at the 2014 Mr. Olympia competition and third again at the 2015 Mr. Olympia. In 2016, he was second. In 2018, Rhoden became the new Mr. Olympia replacing Phil Heath.
In July 2019, Shawn Rhoden was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow female bodybuilder at a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The accusations claimed the events took place in October 2018 – very shortly after his Mr. Olympia win. He was formally charged in July of 2019. Shortly after the official charge, American Media Inc (AMI) issued a statement officially banning Rhoden from competing at the Mr. Olympia competition. This decision was to be reconsidered upon the conclusion of legal proceedings. Up until his passing, the accusations against Shawn Rhoden were never proven nor cleared, Generation Iron reported.
Shawn Rhoden Age
He was born on April 2, 1975, in Kingston, Jamaica. He died on November 6, 2021. He was 46 years old.
Shawn Rhoden Ex-Wife
Rhoden was married to his wife Michelle Sugar in 2018. Shortly after, the marriage ended in divorce following allegations of infidelity.
Shawn Rhoden Girlfriend
Following his divorce from his ex-wife, Michelle Sugar, Shawn Rhoden got in a relationship with his girlfriend Lauralie Chapados, a Canadian IFBB Bikini Pro athlete.
Shawn Rhoden Death
Pro bodybuilder and former Mr. Olympia champion Shawn Rhoden died on November 6, 2021, at the age of 46 following a reported fatal heart attack. The bodybuilding community took to social media to pay tribute to the former Mr. Olympia champion.
Legendary bodybuilder Rich Gaspari paid tribute to the bodybuilder, writing, “I am shocked to hear of the passing of Mr. Olympia @flexatronrhoden It’s very sad to hear of his passing. He had always been a gentleman towards me. Shawn had one of the most aesthetic physiques in bodybuilding. My condolences to his family.”
Bodybuilding Champion Brandon Perkins said: “Heaven has gained an angel and @flexatronrhoden is with the Lord! Had the honor meeting in at Arnold for the first time in 2016 and what an phenomenal man he was! Godspeed, Flexatron, may you rest in peace.”
“I’m shattered … broken … you’ve been not just a friend, but my idol. You told me you gonna attend my wedding one day, thought me posing and cracked unlimited jokes… I m broken. No words. RIP my brother,” wrote Vinnié Râsū. “Those who know me know how much Shawn has input towards my career.”
Shawn Rhoden Cause of Death
He passed away due to a heart attack, according to Generation Iron. The pro bodybuilder is reported to have suffered a prior heart attack and had faced prior health concerns.
Shawn Rhoden Net Worth
2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden had an estimated net worth of $2 million. He was the owner of Flexatron Rhoden, an online store, and Flexatron TV, a streaming service for ” training videos, nutrition tips, celebrity workouts, and live broadcasts from the biggest events,” according to the Flexatron TV website. He was the brand ambassador of Muscle Beach and Schiek Sports Inc.
Shawn Rhoden Height
He was 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.
Shawn Rhoden Instagram
His Instagram handle is @flexatronrhoden. He had a huge following with almost 2 million followers on Instagram.