Bodybuilding legend Kent Kuehn passes away

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Bodybuilding legend Kent Kuehn

Bodybuilding legend Kent Kuehn passes away.

Bodybuilding legend Kent Kuehn has passed away at the age of 83.

Kent Kuehn was at his peak in the the golden age of bodybuilding, during the golden years of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pumping Iron.

Kuehn was active as a competitive bodybuilder between 1964 and 1980.

Kent won a number of prestigious titles in his bodybuilding career:
1964 – Mr Michigan – AAU, Overall Winner
1975 – Mr North America – AAU, Overall Winner
1975 – North American Championships – IFBB, Overall Winner

1977 – Masters Mr America – AAU, Overall Winner

Lonnie Teper praised Kent on a post on his Facebook page:

I first heard the news on Sunday, but I wanted to wait a couple of days to see if I could find out any more details.
Have heard nothing more, so I will go with what several of us already know–Kent Kuehn, who had been battling various health issues the past few years, died Sunday.
Kuehn was 83 years old.
I have many fond memories of Kuehn, first meeting him at a Smorgasbord in Culver City on a Saturday, circa 1984. I was at the eatery when Kuehn walked in with a group of friends. I immediately recognized him, then promptly asked him to strike a few poses as we slowly moved down the line.
He was more than happy to fulfill my request. You could tell immediately by his slow, dramatic poses just how much he loved bodybuilding.
Kuehn was a very good bodybuilder in his day, winning several titles and finishing high in numerous other shows. He began bodybuilding days in 1964, where he finished 26th–that’s correct, 26th–at the Mr. America show.
Kuehn went on to compete for 12 more years; one of many career highlights took place in 1977, when he was the Overall winner at the AAU Masters Mr. America.


The year before the man with the charming smile–I never saw him angry in the 35+ years I knew him–won the Overall at the North American Championships.
There are other impressive achievements on his contest resume, but you can find those at MuscleMemory.Com.
You can’t see by his resume what a neat guy he was.
He expedited several of my NPC shows, from 1999 to 2008 or so, and I worked with him when I used to emcee several Muscle Contest events back in the day as well. I can still picture Kuehn rounding up the contest staff, and heading for the Old Town Buffet on Rosemead Blvd. He also worked behind the front desk at Gold’s for a time; he was a perfect fit in that environment.
Kuehn’s health problems slowly worsened over the years, and I saw him less and less. We talked about the painful back problems we shared; I believe he was confined to a wheelchair the latter part of his life.
I’m a lucky fella to say I was a friend of Kent Kuehn.
He was a good man, always positive and meeting you with a hug or handshake. Wish there were more like him.
R.I.P.

We at Evolutionofbodybuilding.net send our condolences to Kent’s family and friends in this difficult time.

Kent with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Contest history

1964
Mr America – AAU, 26th
Mr Michigan – AAU, Overall Winner

1966
Mr America – AAU, 20th

1967
Mr America – AAU, 10th
Junior Mr America – AAU, 9th
Mr Midwest – AAU, 2nd
Mr USA – AAU, 14th

1968
Junior Mr America – AAU, 7th

1970
Junior Mr USA – AAU, 4th
Junior Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
Mr World – AAU, Tall, 3rd

1971
Mr America – AAU, 15th
Junior Mr America – AAU, 10th

1973
Mr America – IFBB, Medium, 3rd
Mr International – IFBB, Medium, 3rd

1974
Mr America – IFBB, Medium, 2nd
Mr International – IFBB, Medium, 3rd

1975
Mr America – IFBB, Medium, 4th
Mr North America – AAU, Overall Winner
Mr North America – AAU, Medium, 1st
North American Championships – IFBB, Overall Winner
North American Championships – IFBB, Medium, 1st
Mr World – IFBB, Medium, 3rd

1977
Mr International – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 3rd
Masters Mr America – AAU, Overall Winner
Masters Mr America – AAU, Medium, 1st

1979
Canada Diamond Pro Cup – IFBB, 10th
Canada Pro Cup – IFBB, Did not place
Grand Prix Pennsylvania – IFBB, Did not place
Grand Prix Vancouver – IFBB, Did not place
Night of Champions – IFBB, 9th

1980
Grand Prix Miami – IFBB, 9th