Mike Horn heart attack

Mike Horn complained about chest pain days before fatal heart attack.

The news about the death of pro bodybuilder Mike Horn shocked the bodybuilding and fitness industry.

Mike died at the age of 55 from a major heart attack that would eventually take his life a few days later.

Before becoming a personal trainer and motivator, Mike was one of the top amateur bodybuilder’s in the NPC, competing as an amateur for 10 years, from 1997-2007.

Earning his pro card in 2007, Mike would only compete on three occasions as a pro bodybuilder.

After his competitive bodybuilding career came to an end, Mike would become a certified trainer, using all his knowledge to help his clients.

On numerous occasions, Mike would not even ask for a fee when helping the less fortunate.

Mike definitely had a heart of gold, but unfortunately he did not listen to the signs that would eventually lead to his death.

Days leading up the heart attack, Horn mentioned having pain in his chest and arm, but he dismissed it as a pulled muscle.



Mike Horn’s Tragic Death

It was in his  own gym, where he spent so many hours helping to improve the lives others that his own life would take a tragic turn.

“I told him, You’re sweating. I said, ‘That’s not like you,'” Moore said. After a workout on March 26, Horn sat down and collapsed. “I rolled him over, and he had turned purple,” said Moore, who gave him gave him C.P.R. until the ambulance arrived. “Wanting him to come up you know, gasping for air and saying what are you doing? Anything, I didn’t care. I just wanted him alive and up.”

Chest and arm pain days massive heart attack

Days leading up the heart attack, Horn mentioned having pain in his chest and arm, but he dismissed it as a pulled muscle. There were other signs, too. “He also had chills and fever but since it was Covid, he stayed home thinking that he could have been sick, but all of these were symptoms that was leading up to that big heart attack,” Gray said.

Horn died 13 days later in the hospital from a heart attack at 55 years old. A painful loss that his family and friends hope others will take to heart.

Lessons to be learned

“If a symptom comes up that’s out of the ordinary — just like his chest was hurting, his arm was hurting — those are signs, but even if you’re doing strenuous work, don’t ignore that. It could be a different sign. Just go and have it checked out,” Gray said.

His sister says heart disease runs in their family. She thinks stress also led to the heart attack, as he never fully recovered from losing his wife, Jan, who died more than two years ago.

The couple leaves behind a teenage son, Steel. Even though Horn often refused money from people he helped, he didn’t have life insurance nor medical insurance. If you would like to help this family, click here.

For more on heart attack symptoms from The American Heart Association, click here.

Evolutionofbodybuilding.net send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mike Horn during this difficult moment.




Competition History

1997
Alabama Championships – NPC, Overall Winner

1999
Junior USA – NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st

2000
Team Universe Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd
USA Championships – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 14th

2001
North American Championships – IFBB, Super-HeavyWeight, 3rd
USA Championships – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 11th

2002
Nationals – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 8th
USA Championships – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 8th

2004
Alabama Championships – NPC, Overall Winner
North American Championships – IFBB, Super-HeavyWeight, 5th
USA Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, Did not place

2005
Masters Nationals – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 5th

2006
Masters Nationals – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 4th
North American Championships – IFBB, Masters Super-HeavyWeight, 2nd

2007
Junior USA – NPC, Overall Winner
Junior USA – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 1st
Masters Nationals – NPC, Super-HeavyWeight, 2nd
North American Championships – IFBB, Masters 40+ Super-HeavyWeight, 1st
North American Championships – IFBB, Masters 40+ Overall Winner

2008
Atlantic City Pro – IFBB, Did not place
Atlantic City Pro – IFBB, Masters, 14th

2009
Tampa Pro Championships – IFBB, Open, Did not place