Bodybuilder George Peterson has reportedly died, according to an announcement
from Olympia LLC made on Oct. 6, 2021. Peterson’s cause of death is unknown and
no statement has been released on any of his social media channels at the time this
article was written. Peterson was preparing to compete in the Men’s 212 Division at
the 2021 Mr. Olympia, scheduled for Oct. 7-10, in Orlando.
According to RxMuscle, retired American bodybuilder Dave Palumbo told the outlet
that Peterson was found in his hotel room, face down, after his coach could not reach
him. Despite the claims, Peterson’s cause of death remains unclear at the moment.
Mr Olympia’s Instagram page announced Peterson’s death, saying: “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,” the page added.
Nicknamed “Da Bull,” Peterson was a star in the bodybuilding scene, appearing at
numerous shows, including four appearances at the Olympia; three times at Classic
Physique, before moving to the 212 Division
“Da Bull” finished in third place at all four competition shows.
Peterson was in the final stages of preparing to make his fifth straight Olympia
appearance. He was considered a favorite to win the competition this year.
Peterson’s accolades included a victory as a Classic Bodybuilding competitor at the
2016 NPC Nationals and two wins at the Tampa Pro – once in Classic and once in 212.
“Da Bull’s” latest championship came in 2020 at the Tampa Pro, IFBB Men’s Classic