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George Peterson Has Passed Away at 37 Years Old

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By Roger Lockridge

Less than three days before the 2021 Olympia weekend, one of the most popular stars of the 212 division has tragically passed away.

George "Da Bull" Peterson tragically died on October 6th at the age of 37. Peterson was found in his hotel room earlier that day. No cause of death had been announced as of yet. The news of his death was confirmed by Olympia productions in an Instagram post on the @mrolympiallc page.

“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.”

Peterson was considered a top conference in the 212 division this year. He qualified for the Olympia thanks to his third place finish in 2020. Prior to competing in the 212, he was one of the more popular competitors in the Classic Physique division. The highlight of his career there was winning the Arnold Classic in 2019. He had placed in the top three at the Olympia in that division three straight seasons. Peterson is actually one of the few competitors to have won the same pro title in two classes. He was the Tampa Pro Classic Physique winner in 2017, and he won the 212 title in 2020.

One of Peterson’s greatest friendly rivals, Chris Bumstead, shared a comment on the post announcing Peterson’s passing.

“I’m in shock George was an absolute legend. I was always grateful to share the stage with such a great man...”

Current 212 Olympia Champion Shaun Clarida, one of the competitors Peterson was expected to face in the Olympia this year, also expressed his condolences.

“Absolutely in shock by this. Such a great guy gone too soon. My prayers go out to his close friends and family during this rough time. We’ll miss ya champ!”

The Olympia will continue as scheduled this weekend in Orlando, Florida. There is no word as of this writing regarding a potential tribute to Peterson, but one could certainly be given in some form.

Everyone at Muscle Insider expresses their condolences to Peterson’s family and other loved ones. 

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