How did Mike Mitchell die? 'Gladiator' star, 65, was an award-winning bodybuilder
Actor and bodybuilder Mike Mitchell, who starred in 'Gladiator' and 'Braveheart', has died at the age of 65, as reported on Saturday, July 24. A rep for Mitchell confirmed the news, saying that he died on Friday, July 23, while he was on a boat in Turkey.
Mitchell's family said his death was due to natural causes and later confirmed that he died of a heart attack. In a statement, Mitchell's rep remembered him as an actor, friend and "honest person". The rep said in a statement: "It was very hard to believe… The sudden death of an international actor we managed, an honest person, a real actor, a true friend, my dear friend, has saddened us deeply. I've always been honored to be your manager. I wish patience to you wife, dear Denise Mitchell, and your children. Getting to know you and gaining your friendship is invaluable. Sleep in the lights. RIP..."
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In the past few months, we have reported many celebrity deaths. Last month, actor Lisa Banes died after a hit-and-run accident involving an e-scooter. A few days later in June, we reported the death of Ned Beatty, the 'Deliverance' star who died of natural causes. Other celebrities that we lost in the last few months included Chick Vennera, DMX, Jeanette Maus and many more.
Mitchell started his career as a bodybuilder, eventually winning Mr Universe just like iconic actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also won five Masters Mr World titles and was given the Living Legend Award by the World Fitness Federation. Aside from 'Braveheart' and 'Gladiator', he also appeared in various films including 'Life on the Line' and 'One Day Removals'. It was reported that Mitchell suffered a heart attack in 2006 after winning his fifth WFF title, which he survived. He was also fond of sailing and when he wasn't on a movie set, he was a skipper who enjoyed taking guests to sea on a boat that he owned. He is survived by his wife Denise and children.