Shaun Davis won many bodybuilding titles during his career before retiring due to kidney issues.
Shaun Davis, who earned the nickname “Dinosaur” during his bodybuilding career, has passed away at 57 years old, according to multiple outlets.
Davis’ close friend, Kuldeep Bhardwaj, shared the news on Facebook on Friday after receiving the news from Helen Burrows. The cause of Davis’ death remains unknown although he had dealt with kidney issues since his bodybuilding days.
Davis remained an influential figure in the town of Long Eaton, which is in the Erewash district of Derbyshire, England. Many fans from this area, along with his close family and friends, have shared words in memory of Davis.
“I’m absolutely devastated. Rest In Peace my friend you was a true inspiration right from the day I met you at Schoo, through your amazing bodybuilding years and after.”
Davis enjoyed a successful career on the bodybuilding stage that led to many titles. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire after battling kidney failure. He would receive dialysis three times a week leading up to a kidney transplant in January 2009.
The Career of Shaun Davis
Shaun Davis was born and raised in Long Eaton, where he developed a passion for fitness at a young age. His impressive physique opened the doors for a career in bodybuilding and he quickly made a name for himself on stage.
Most prominently, Davis won the Mr. Universe title in 1996. This was one of many victories he would enjoy. Davis was also crowned Mr. UK, Mr. Britain, Mr. Universe, and Mr. Pro Universe. Despite his career, being cut short, Davis accomplished plenty and became a star, not only in his hometown of Long Eaton, but around the world.
RIP Shaun Davis, a very well-known and respected gentleman who most definitely put Long Eaton on the map.
Shaun was Mr Universe in 1996. He was also Mr. UK, Mr. Britain, Mr. Europe and Mr. Pro Universe. pic.twitter.com/hpAn20rC8t
— Cllr Richard MacRae (@CllrRichMacRae) December 1, 2023
Davis was on the kidney transplant list for three years before undergoing the operation. Following his recovery, Shaun Davis became an advocate for organ donation and worked to help get more people to register as organ donors.