John Meadows, world-renowned bodybuilder, died “unexpectedly” at age 49
Professional bodybuilder John Meadows died “unexpectedly” and “peacefully” at home Sunday at age 49, according to a Facebook post by his wife.
“Dear friends and family,” said the message signed by Brooke Nappo, who released the statement for Meadows’ wife. “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 that she is very grateful for all the prayers and support she knows her and the boys will receive from you.”
Known as “Mountain Dog,” Meadows has been competing in bodybuilding for more than 30 years. He competed for the first time at the age of 13 in 1985 while pursuing his passion for powerlifting.
In 2005, Meadows was diagnosed with a rare colon disease called idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of the mesenteric veins. He returned in 2007 to finish 16th at the IFBB North American Championships. In 2015, he earned a pro card by coming in first place in the NPC universe, Bodybuilding Over 40 Overall.
In 2020, Meadows was hospitalized with a blood clot thought to be from the disease. He is survived by his wife and twin sons, Jonathan and Alexander.