Professional bodybuilder John Meadows died “unexpectedly” and “peacefully” at home on Sunday at 49 years old, according to a Facebook post by his wife.
“Dear Friends & Family,” the post signed by Brooke Nappo, who issued the statement for Meadows’ wife, said. “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 her and the boys will receive from you.”
Known as the “Mountain Dog,” Meadows competed in bodybuilding competitions for over 30 years. He entered his first competition at the age of 13 in 1985 while also 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 come in 16th place in 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 that was thought to stem from the disease. He is survived by his wife and twin sons, Jonathan and Alexander.