Bodybuilder George Peterson (37) found dead in his hotel room
A tragedy in the world of bodybuilding. George Peterson III, one of the most promising figures in the sport, has been found dead in his hotel room at 37 years of age.
The death of the bodybuilder occurs a few days before the celebration of Mister Olympia 2021. Police are still investigating what happened to Peterson.
According to American media, Justin Miller, his coach, found the body of the athlete lying in the hotel. He immediately notified police and rescue workers.
Apparently, the coach had become concerned when he did not receive a response from Peterson after calling him several times.
Upon arriving at the hotel, Justin Miller found George Peterson lying on the floor, face down, and unconscious.
The paramedics were unable to do anything to save his life. It appeared that Peterson had been dead for several hours.
Hailing from New York, this 37-year-old bodybuilder was known in the industry as DaBull. He had been competing for several years in the sport.
In 2019, when he won the Arnold Classic Physique, Peterson made a leap in popularity. A year later he made his debut at Mister Olympia, and in 2021 he aspired to make the most of the contest. Fate would have it that this dream was quashed.
For many sports fans, George Peterson was a reference. He had 344,000 followers on Instagram.
DaBull's friends and colleagues have rushed to social media to say goodbye to the bodybuilding champion. They note his positivity and humbleness. An example is TYR, the team with which he came out in competitions.
"George 'Da Bull' Peterson embodied the TYR mantra in ways that few ever could," his team writes. "Humble and hardworking – a true professional in his craft, George always gave 110% and radiated positive energy to those around him."
His sponsor GymReapers writes "with heavy hearts" about the athlete's passing. "George was a champion on and off the stage and a symbol of what it means to work hard and achieve greatness."
Peterson was clearly much loved by everyone he worked with. Sponsor RedCon1 calls him "a phenomenal athlete but even a better person."
"Your massive frame couldn’t compare to the massive warmth and love you brought to everyone you ever came in contact with. You never not had a smile on our face and you never had anything bad to say about anyone. Your genuineness and kindness was in a whole different category," RedCon1 says. "You truly were a one of a kind human. Rest in power George, we love and miss you."
Peterson was close to his family, especially his sister and mother with whom he regularly appeared on social media. He never skipped his mum's birthday or Mother's Day.
"Forever Team TYR. Forever family," the statement of his teammates read. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of George, but his legacy will live on forever as an IFBB Pro and TeamTYR Athlete."