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Former Mr. Olympia bodybuilder Shawn Rhoden passed away from a heart attack. Apparently he had a heart attack in the past and other health concerns as well. There is no mention of whether if he took the vaccine jab or not.

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Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden dead at 46​

Former Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden has died of a heart attack at age 46, according to reports.

Rhoden, known among bodybuilders as “Flexatron,” passed away after winning Mr. Olympia in 2018 at 43 – the oldest strongman to ever win the title, Generation Iron reported Saturday.

Rhoden’s trainer, Chris Aceto, confirmed the bodybuilding star’s passing over the weekend to close friends and posted a tribute on Instagram early Monday.

“The best part of being in Shawn Rhoden’s inner circle is to bear witness to his desire, ability and need to validate others,” Aceto wrote to his 238,000 followers. “He uplifted everyone. For these and many other reasons I will miss an athlete who naturally became a genuine and dear friend.”

Rhoden had previously suffered a heart attack and had other health concerns, Generation Iron reported.

Rhoden, a Jamaica native, defeated Phil Heath in the 2018 Mr. Olympia, dethroning the champ who had won seven consecutive prior titles. He was later accused in 2019 of sexually assaulting a female bodybuilder in a hotel room in Utah, the website reported.

Rhoden was banned from future Mr. Olympia competitions after he was charged in July 2019. The expulsion was to be reconsidered following an outcome in the case.

It’s unclear how the rape case was adjudicated but Rhoden had pleaded not guilty, TMZ reported at the time.

Rhoden had not competed professionally since winning the 2018 Mr. Olympia, according to Muscle & Fitness magazine, which reported Rhoden had a heart attack on Friday.

Rhoden is the fourth Mr. Olympia to have died among 16 winners dating back to 1965, Muscle & Fitness reported.

Rhoden is survived by a young daughter, Cora Capri. He posted a photo of the pair on Instagram just days before Halloween, showing the girl in a Batgirl costume as he donned a mask.

“When the squad show up for work,” Rhoden wrote. “Not saying we are superheroes but we might be villains to some people.”

In his last public post just five days ago, Rhoden showed off his chiseled, 250-pound physique.

“Brick by brick and patience it will take,” Rhoden wrote to his nearly 2 million followers. “See you on the other side.”

Rich Gaspari, a retired bodybuilder who placed second multiple times at Mr. Olympia, said he was “shocked” Saturday to learn of Rhoden’s unexpected death.

“It’s very sad to hear of his passing,” Gaspari wrote on Instagram. “He had always been a gentleman towards me. Shawn had one of the most aesthetic physiques in bodybuilding. My condolences to his family.”
 

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Four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. dies aged 82​

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Sr. has died at the age of 82 following a long illness, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed.

IMS president Doug Boles stated on Friday that Unser had "died peacefully in his beloved Chama [New Mexico, ed.] home after a 17-year battle with Cancer."

As part of the Unser dynasty, "Big Al" was a fixture at the Indy 500 for three decades, his 27 starts the third highest number of appearances in history.

He was extremely successful, too, being one of four drivers to join the elite club of four-time winners, which also includes A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and - since this year - Helio Castroneves.

Unser won the great race in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987, his fourth win making him the oldest-ever winner at 47. It was a race he famously only entered at the last minute as a stand-in for the injured Danny Ongais, Penske pressing into action a March-Cosworth that had been sitting on display as a show car.

The Albuquerque, New Mexico native led an all-time high of 644 laps at the Speedway.

Unser's IndyCar career, which started in 1964, also includes 39 race wins and three championships. He took the USAC title in 1970 after taking 10 wins out of 18 races across its diverse paved oval, road course and dirt oval schedule. He later won the IndyCar title twice in 1983 and 1985.

Unser followed in the footsteps of his eldest brother Jerry, who raced in the 1958 Indy 500 but was killed in a practice crash the following year.

He retired ahead of the 1994 Indy 500, when at age 54 he failed to qualify with an underfunded Arizona Motorsports entry. His son Al Unser Jr. would go on to win the race that year.

Unser was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1998.

The news of Unser's passing comes after a true annus horribilis for the Unser dynasty. Unser's elder brother Bobby, himself a three-time winner at Indianapolis and one of the sport's most colourful characters, passed away in May this year aged 87.

Bobby's son and Al's nephew Bobby Unser Jr. died six weeks later at the age of 65.

IMS president Boles said Unser "achieved his successes competing against many of the best our sport has ever seen, which makes his accomplishments on the track even more impressive.

"Al's combination of his quiet and humble approach outside the car with his fierce competitive spirit and fearless talent behind the wheel, made him a fan favourite.

"He will be remembered as one of the best to ever race at Indianapolis and we will all miss his smile, sense of humor, and his warm, approachable personality.

"Our thought and prayers are with [wife] Susan Unser, the entire Unser family, and all Al's friends and fans."
 

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That weasel-faced man helped turn me away from being a left-wing voter, in spite of much of my family’s attempted teachings. That and video of Kerry (my first vote) acting ignorant to a 9-11 Truth audience. Still seems pretty benign
compared to what (Pelosi that’s what) we have in there today, though. r.i.p. harry watch out for satan’s pinches
 

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RIP Betty White
Looks like she just had her booster. The article was printed just before her death and edited the day after. They removed her recommendation to "take all your vaccinations. I just got boosted."

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Edit - may have jumped the gun on this one. Might be bad info. Time will tell.
 

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Looks like she just had her booster. The article was printed just before her death and edited the day after. They removed her recommendation to "take all your vaccinations. I just got boosted."

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Edit - may have jumped the gun on this one. Might be bad info. Time will tell.

She was 99. Don't be silly. She had a long time here, and her time was done.
 

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RIP Sidney Poitier


Sidney Poitier, groundbreaking star of American movies, has died at the age of 94. His death was confirmed by the office of the prime minister of the Bahamas.

Poitier was the first Black person to win a Best Actor Oscar — and for people of a certain age, his image was indelible: his smooth, commanding presence, his dark skin, his searing good looks, bemused eye rolls and memorable physicality. It all symbolized — and offered a challenge to — the way Black men were represented in movies, and how they might be seen in the real world.
 

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