Bodybuilder “Mighty” Mike Quinn Passes Away at Age 61

Bodybuilder "Mighty" Mike Quinn, known for his impressive physique, passes away at 61 after a long-term illness.

Mike Quinn Passed Away
Mike Quinn / Instagram

In a sad announcement made on May 30, 2023, Kellie Quinn, the sister of bodybuilder Mike Quinn, took to Facebook to share the heartbreaking news of her brother’s passing. Mike Quinn, widely recognized for his impressive physique and massive biceps, succumbed to a long-term illness at the age of 61. Although the specific cause of death was not disclosed, it was revealed that he had been bravely battling this illness for an extended period.

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 Quinn, the sister of Mike Quinn, shared the devastating news of his passing on Facebook.


Mike Quin’s Bodybuilding Career

Mike Quinn’s journey in the realm of bodybuilding commenced at the tender age of 13, where he found his passion for fitness and athleticism. Demonstrating exceptional raw strength early on, he astounded onlookers by benching an impressive 220 pounds during one of his initial training sessions. Eager to pursue his passion, Quinn dedicated two hours each day to rigorous workouts comprising weightlifting and cardio exercises. His unwavering commitment and love for fitness would pave the way for a successful career in the industry.

At the age of 18, Mike Quinn made his debut as a bodybuilder and immediately showcased his talent, emerging victorious in one of his earliest competitions, the AAU Teen Mr. America. As his prowess grew, Quinn ascended to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), participating in four Olympia competitions throughout his illustrious career. Renowned for his colossal physique and notably his biceps, he graced the covers of numerous fitness magazines, becoming a recognized figure in the field.

In a departure from convention, Mike Quinn openly discussed his use of steroids, a topic often considered taboo within the bodybuilding community. Fearlessly voicing his opinions and insights, Quinn demonstrated his deep understanding of the sport, captivating fans with his unfiltered perspective.

Mike Quinn
Mike Quinn / Instagram

Regrettably, the passing of Mike Quinn follows a series of recent losses within the bodybuilding world. Since the untimely death of Shawn Rhoden in 2021, concerns have arisen regarding overeating and drug abuse, particularly in the Men’s Open division. Another tragic incident occurred last March when Cedric McMillan passed away at the age of 44, further prompting the bodybuilding community to address the issue of steroid misuse. Bodybuilders are now speaking out against the dangers associated with excessive steroid usage, acknowledging the alarming trend.


  • AAU Mr. America, Heavyweight – 10th place
  • AAU Teen Mr. America, Heavyweight & Overall – 1st place


  • NPC Junior Nationals, Heavyweight – 2nd place
  • NPC Nationals, Heavyweight – 7th place


  • NPC USA Championships, Heavyweight – 4th place


  • AAU Mr. America, Medium – 3rd place
  • NABBA Mr. Universe, Medium – 1st place
  • NABBA World Championships, Medium – 2nd place


  • NPC Nationals Heavyweight – 4th place


  • NPC USA Championships, Heavyweight & Overall – 1st place
  • IFBB Detroit Pro Invitational – 4th place


  • England Grand Prix, IFBB – 5th place
  • France Grand Prix, IFBB – 5th place
  • Grand Prix Germany, IFBB – 4th place
  • Italian Grand Prix, IFBB – 7th place
  • Grand Prix Greece, IFBB – 4th place
  • Grand Prix Spain, IFBB – 4th place
  • IFBB Grand Prix US Pro – 5th place
  • Mr. Olympia – 5th place
  • IFBB World Pro Championships – 4th place


  • IFBB Grand Prix England – 7th place
  • Finnish Grand Prix – 8th place
  • IFBB Grand Prix Holland – 7th place
  • Mr. Olympia – 7th place


  • IFBB Grand Prix Holland – 12th place
  • Mr. Olympia – 11th place


  • WBF Grand Prix – 12th place


  • IFBB Night of Champions – (no place)


  • IFBB Night of Champions – 5th place
  • Mr. Olympia – (no place)
  • IFBB San Jose Pro Invitational – 11th place


  • IFBB Night of Champions – (no place)
  • IFBB World Pro Championships – 17th place

Career history via Fitness Volt

Beyond his impact on the sport, Mike Quinn was revered for his intense training methodologies. Embracing short-duration high-intensity movements and minimal rest periods, he crafted a unique approach to his workouts. Quinn’s training regimen often featured exercises such as barbell squats, bench presses, and overhead presses, underscoring his dedication to his craft.

As the bodybuilding community and those who knew him personally mourn the loss, Mike Quinn will be remembered not only for his outspoken nature but also for the awe-inspiring physique he meticulously developed during the peak of his career. MiddleEasy extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Published on May 30, 2023 at 6:32 pm
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