Sad news today in the bodybuilding world with the passing of IFBB Pro David Dearth. He was 56 years old.
According to his latest posts on Facebook, David was in hospital having surgery to remove a number of abscesses.
One of his close friends confirmed his death via a post on Facebook.
The cause of death was due to a heart attack while David was still in hospital.
David was a professional bodybuilder with the IFBB between 1990 and 2001.
Known as "bodybuilding’s rock star", David has had a number of up and downs during his life, including numerous surgeries.
Below is the post by his friend Jeff Petee confirming his death:
"Good morning all.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce my friend, IFBB Pro David Dearth, passed away Monday night Aug 5th after suffering a heart attack while in the hospital.
David was a larger than life character who lived his live to the fullest each and every day of his life, with very few regrets. Rather than mourn his passing, I’m quite sure David would want you to celebrate his life, like he celebrated every day of his life.
David loved his family very much, and I’m sure his loss is a big one for them, so please keep them in your thoughts as they move forward. To his girlfriend Maureen, I know through many talks that David loved you very much, and couldn’t stop talking about how much you have done for him these past couple of years.
To David, Aaron, and Andrew his sons, Dave was so very proud of all of you, and talked about you every time I was able to talk with him.
Arrangements for David will be posted soon by his family.
Rest in Peace my friend… I’ll miss our late night talks and all the advice you gave me when we met back in 1992.