Mike Mitchell, known as a bodybuilder and for his part in ‘Braveheart’, passed away of a heart attack in Turkey.
Mike Mitchell, a bodybuilding champion turned actor, has passed away at the age of 65 of a heart attack. Mitchell died on a boat in Turkey of what was believed to be natural causes. Later, a rep of Mitchell’s told TMZ that a heart attack was the cause.
In a statement, the rep described Mitchell as a “true friend” and “honest person.”
“It was very hard to believe … The sudden death of an international actor we managed, an honest person, a real actor, a true friend, my dear friend, has saddened us deeply. I’ve always been honored to be your manager. I wish patience to you wife, dear Denise Mitchell, and your children. Getting to know you and gaining your friendship is invaluable. Sleep in the lights. RIP.”
Mike Mitchell made a name for himself as a bodybuilder. The Scottish star got started in fitness at an early age and showed off his tremendous size on the biggest stages. Mitchell totaled five Masters Mr. World titles and two Mr. Universe titles with the World Fitness Federation. He also competed in many strongman competitions including Britain’s Strongest Man contest.
During his prime in bodybuilding, Mike Mitchell gained attention due to his incredible size and this landed him some on-screen movie roles. Mitchell is known for his parts in Braveheart and Gladiator. Mitchell has worked with the likes of Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, and Joaquin Phoenix. He also appeared in One Day Removals, City of Hell, and Skyfall, among others.
Mitchell suffered a setback when he had a heart attack that forced him to take a break after winning his fifth World Fitness Federation title in 2006. In 2010, Mitchell was inducted into the WFF Hall of Fame and given the “Living Legend Award,” which is an extremely prestigious honor.
Mike Mitchell’s love of sailing and the sea began at a young age. At 16 years old, he served in the British Armed Forces and eventually became a part of the Elite special Forces unit. When he left to work in the offshore oil industry, Mitchell started deep-sea diving. He was a fan of sailing and continued to do so in between his bodybuilding and acting careers.
Mike Mitchell is survived by his wife, Denis, and children. He was immensely talented in many areas and grew to be a legend in the sport of bodybuilding.