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Who is George Peterson as bodybuilder's death rocks community?

Amber Peake October 7, 2021
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Bodybuilder George Peterson has died aged 37 only days before he was set to compete in 2021 Olympia. Fans have taken to social media to mourn his sudden passing. We take a look at the late bodybuilder’s life and career.

Who was George Peterson?

George Peterson was a professional bodybuilder nicknamed Da Bull. Peterson began his career in bodybuilding in 2008 and entered the ranks as a professional in 2017 in the classic physique division.

After turning pro, he went on to win many titles including four bronze Olympia awards from 2017 to 2020 and gold at the Arnold Classic bodybuilding contest in 2019.

Peterson moved up to the men’s 212 division last year and made his debut in his new ranking at the 2020 Tampa Pro, where he won gold. He often shared his bodybuilding achievements and training on his Instagram, where he built a loyal following of almost 340,000 fans.

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George Peterson dies aged 37

It was announced yesterday (Wednesday, 6 October) that bodybuilding champion George Peterson had died aged 37. The bodybuilder’s death was confirmed in a statement on the official Mr Olympia Instagram page, although a cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Peterson was set to compete in 2021 Olympia, which takes place this weekend from 7 October to 10 October in Orlando, Florida.

The statement read: “It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected passing of George Peterson, a champion on stage and off. Our condolences go out to his family and all who respected and admired one of the kindest men we have ever known.”

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Fans mourn the late bodybuilder

Following the news of George Peterson’s sudden passing, fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late bodybuilder:

We send our condolences to George Peterson’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.