R.I.P. MIKE MATARAZZO (1965-2014)

Generation Iron Mike Matarazzo RIPMike Matarazzo will be missed my many the world over.

We are very sad to report that just yesterday on August 17th, 2014, long time family friend Mel Chancy announced on Facebook that Mike Matarazzo had died in the Stanford hospital while waiting for a heart transplant.

The Former IFBB Pro bodybuilder had been suffering from heart problems ever since he had open heart surgery in 2004. He was admitted into intensive care due to heart complications and unfortunately passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014. He was 48 years old.

Mike Matarazzo was a former boxer who later transitioned into the sport of bodybuilding. Matarazzo first competed in the Mr. Olympia in 1991 – his best placing being 9th back in 1998. He was considered by many to be the most likeable bodybuilder of all time. A man filled with friendly energy who always took the time to bond with his fans. Throughout his entire career, Matarazzo had always expressed his sincere love and adoration for his fans. They never ceased to amaze him and he never ceased to amaze us.

Matarazzo was forced to retire after his open heart surgery. His last time competing in pro bodybuilding was the 2001 Mr. Olympia. He placed 21st. Matarazzo was last residing in Modesto, California up until his death.

Everyone here at Generation Iron would like to offer condolences to the friends and family of Mike Matarazzo. He will be sorely missed – and undoubtedly tons of love will outpour from the many fans he was able to touch in his time on this earth. Rest in peace.


Cover photo courtesy of Dr. Wannabe.

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