A black day for all heavyweight lifters and impressive physique lovers as ‘Mighty’ Mike Quinn passed away at the age of 61 after battling with an unknown illness.
She wrote, “After a long illness, my brother Mike, a.k.a. “Mighty Mike Quinn,” has received his angel wings. Michael touched many lives, and will be missed. We’ll love you always, Kellie ❤️🙏❤️”
Although the post did not reveal the exact date of his passing, it did mention that he was battling an undisclosed illness.
He will always be remembered as a well-known bodybuilding star from the 1980s, and his legacy will continue to inspire many.
Quinn was born on November 18, 1961, and began training at the age of 13. He showed a genuine talent for fitness and quickly excelled as an athlete.
His passion for powerlifting grew more robust as time passed, becoming his main focus.
Mighty Mike made his bodybuilding debut at the 1981 AAU Mr. America, winning the overall Teen title and placing 10th in the heavyweight class.
Quinn began competing at the national amateur level one year later. He earned his IFBB pro card by winning the 1987 NPC USA overall championship.
Mighty Mike Quinn’s first bodybuilding debut
The IFBB bodybuilder made his pro debut that same year, placing fourth in the Detroit Pro Championships.
Quinn’s exceptional abilities in bodybuilding were showcased in 1988 when he dominated ten competitions, securing a top-seven position in all of them.
His finest performance was at the Mr. Olympia contest, where he finished in sixth place.
Quinn’s subsequent appearances in the Olympia in 1989 and 1990 saw him secure seventh and eleventh place, respectively.
Although he never won a professional show, Quinn’s popularity soared, leading to his appearance on magazine covers worldwide.
In 1991, some of the biggest names in bodybuilding, including Quinn, made a bold decision to take an exit from IFBB and join Vince McMahon’s World Bodybuilding Federation.
Quinn participated in one WBF competition, the WBF Grand Prix, and although he placed 12th, it was an impressive feat.
Sadly, the WBF only lasted for a year, and Quinn decided to return to IFBB. In 1993, Quinn made a comeback on an IFBB stage.
Though his performance was not up to his usual standards, he still managed to rank within the top 15 at the Night of Champions.
However, Quinn improved his ranking the following year and finished fifth at the Night of Champions.
Quinn’s final appearance in Mr. Olympia was in 1994, where he gave it his all, but unfortunately, he finished outside the top 15.
Mike Quinn made a comeback after a five-year break from the stage in 1999. He participated in two shows – the Night of Champions and World Pro Championships.
However, he ranked outside the top 15 in both events. Even after retiring, Quinn remained involved with the sport until his final years.
He is survived by his mother, sister, and other family members.