John Meadows, the American businessman and former pro bodybuilder, nutritionist, and fitness coach, has reportedly passed away at the age of 49. John, also known as the “Mountain Dog” in the bodybuilding community, died of a pulmonary embolism in his sleep on August 8, 2021.
Meadows, a former IFBB Pro bodybuilder, and a well-known fitness/bodybuilding coach. Most recently, he had trained IFBB pro bodybuilder Shaun Clarida, preparing him for what would be his 2020 Men’s Olympia 212 win.
WHEN NEWS BROKE OUT
The news of the body builder’s death was not initially announced by the family, but Brooke Nappo posted a message on social media on behalf of Meadows’ grief-stricken wife, Mary.
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“DEAR FRIENDS & FAMILY,
I AM POSTING THIS ON BEHALF OF MARY. THIS MORNING JOHN PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY AND PEACEFULLY IN THEIR HOME.
AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THIS IS A COMPLETE SHOCK TO HER AND THE BOYS. SHE WILL UPDATE AS SOON AS SHE CAN.
PLEASE KNOW SHE IS VERY THANKFUL FOR ALL THE PRAYERS AND SUPPORT SHE KNOWS SHE AND THE BOYS WILL RECEIVE FROM YOU ALL.
-BROOKE NAPPO”, the message read.
CARRER CRASH BECAUSE OF A CONDITION
Meadows, in his early days, suffered from a rare colon disease that nearly killed him; when his colon ruptured because of the complication, he was rushed to the nearby hospital, and he survived and recovered after three months and returned back to doing what he was passionate about, bodybuilding.
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FOCUS ON STAYING HEALTHY
After the incident, he started having a different perspective on bodybuilding and his life. John Meadows made it his aim to not just body build but to eat and remain healthy, something that many bodybuilders ignore to prioritize.
After retiring from the competitive sport of bodybuilding, he continued to serve as a fitness coach and nutritionist, guiding many bodybuilders through their careers.
A SUDDEN HEART ATTACK
A year ago, on May 11, 2020, John suffered a heart attack due to a clotting disorder in his blood vessels. He was hospitalized and was quickly brought back to a stable condition. The news was first announced by his wife, Mary Meadows, and the news of his recovery had put the bodybuilding community’s mind at ease.
A LOVING WIFE – MARY
John Meadows shared a very special relationship with his wife and often said that she was his biggest influence. John mentioned that she was the one who was with him through “ups” and “downs,” always supporting his decisions in life.
“I couldn’t have done it without her,” John Meadows said fondly of his wife. “When I was sick and got out of the hospital, and I was too weak to look after myself, she did everything for me, including sanitary things I can’t talk about.”
“If I say I want to do something, we’ll talk about it, make sure it’s workable, and then she gets behind me and supports the idea and me all the way. And when I’m hurting the last three or four weeks of my diet, she sees the look on my face and says, ‘just hang in there, it’s going to be worth it.’ and I need to hear that at that stage.”, he added.
FIGHTING ON DESPITE THE HEART ATTACK
The heart attack didn’t stop John from doing what he always did. He continued coaching and being a nutritionist to many aspiring bodybuilders. As recent as this weekend, one of his students, Brooke Walker, won the Europa Phoenix Games 2021 and earned her Olympia qualification.
It has not yet been understood if his death was related to his previous heart attack or blood clotting disorder, but we reckon the pulmonary embolism was, in fact, caused by his blood disorder.
LOVED AND MISSED
John Meadows was very well known as a prominent bodybuilder and a beloved father and a husband. A vital part of the bodybuilding community over the past few decades, Meadows and will be missed dearly by his family and friends and the entire community.
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FOLLOWERS AND ADMIRERS OUTPOUR
Many bodybuilders from around the country have begun sending an outpour of support via social media upon hearing the sad news.
“I’m absolutely f*****g decimated. Rest in peace, John Meadows. One of the most down to earth, supportive, and overall wholesome motherf*****s to ever walk the planet. IFBB Pro, Legendary coach, loving father, revered man. @mountaindog1 forever a legend.”, tweeted a follower and an avid Meadows fan.
“John changed the fitness industry and the way that bodybuilders think and approach training & nutrition. He always had you question everything you do and why you do it. He taught me and so many others so much through his extensive content.”, wrote bodybuilder Harry Harris on Instagram.
“Most importantly, an incredible role model to his children.”
One of the greatest!” he added.