Pro Bodybuilder George Peterson Has Died At 37

Bodybuilder George Peterson has passed away in his hotel room on Oct. 6, 2021 ahead of the 2021 Olympia.

Bodybuilder George Peterson has died just days before competing at the 2021 Mr. Olympia according to sources close to Generation Iron and multiple outlets reporting. He was only 37 years old. Peterson was currently stationed in Orlando, Florida to compete in the Men’s 212 Olympia.

Early reports claim that coach Justin Miller was not receiving responses from Peterson, who was in his hotel room. After some time of no response – Miller called in security to open Peterson’s hotel room where he was found face down and unresponsive. After dialing 911, Miller started to perform chest compressions until security took over and attempted CPR. According to Miller, the EMTs and emergency personnel confirmed Peterson passed hours earlier.

The official cause of death was not known until the time of publishing.

Beyond his physique, George Peterson was also known for his humble attitude and positive demeanor. He was not only a beloved bodybuilder – but a beloved man to friends, family, and those in the bodybuilding community lucky enough to have met him.

In 2020, George placed third at the 2020 Mr. Olympia, making him a clear favorite to challenge for the title this weekend.

George started competitive bodybuilding in 2008, but he entered the pro ranks in 2017 and impressed immediately. George competed in the Classic Physique division winning the 2017 Tampa Pro, placing second at the New York Pro and third at the Classic Physique Olympia.

Peterson competed as a Classic Physique competitor until 2020, he would then move up to the 212 division.

The news about George’s death was made official by the organizers of the Olympia

The post 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.” – Mr. Olympia LLC.

George Peterson’s Contest History

2008
New York Metro Championships – NPC, MiddleWeight, 7th

2012
New York Metro Championships – NPC, Overall Winner
New York Metro Championships – NPC, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st

2013
Eastern USA Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd
Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, Did not place
North American Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, Did not place

2016
Eastern USA Championships – NPC, Classic B, 1st
Eastern USA Championships – NPC, Classic Overall Winner
Nationals – NPC, Classic Overall Winner
Nationals – NPC, Classic B, 1st

2017
New York Pro Championships – Classic, 2nd
Olympia – Classic, 3rd
Tampa Pro Championships – Classic, 1st

2018
Olympia – Classic, 3rd

2019
Arnold Classic – Classic, 1st
Olympia – Classic, 3rd

2020
Olympia – LightWeight, 3rd
Tampa Pro Championships – Light Weight, 1st


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