Celebrity fitness trainer Mandy Blank was found dead in the bathtub of her Los Angeles home earlier this week, officials confirmed. An LAPD spokesperson told Radar Online that while her cause of death is still unknown, “It was not a homicide, and there was no foul play.” She was 42.
The famed bodybuilder — whose clients included Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Rourke, and Jordana Brewster — was found unconscious by her housekeeper, who immediately alerted authorities by calling 911.
While it is currently unclear as to how celebrity trainer died, the Daily News reported an autopsy and toxicology were scheduled by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
Fellow fitness personality Annette Milbers told the publication she was stunned by her sudden passing. “I’m absolutely shocked, for sure,” she said. “We messaged last week. She always made other people feel great, and she had reached out to me because I competed. She said how proud she was.”
According to her website, Mandy began her fitness career at the age of 18 after placing fifth in world Fitness Olympia, and she received her professional status after only one year of competition. She quickly proved herself in the industry by being the youngest competitor ever to win the coveted IFBB World Championships. Her fast success as a bodybuilder led her to fame, and she was featured on several magazine covers including Oxygen Magazine, Glutes Magazine, and Muscle & Fitness Magazine.
Most recently, Mandy was working as a fitness trainer and coach, and would often share her knowledge and passion for nutrition on Facebook. Her most recent post was shared on Oct. 24. She wrote: “I coach you to understand that there is no easy way out, it takes diligent work and self-discipline to achieve the body that you desire. Consistency is the key to getting there!”
In another Facebook post, she explained that her career is what motivated her. “Without my health and fitness, I have nothing,” she said. RIP.
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