For almost two decades, Terri Harris was a bodybuilder. She was the NPC Louisiana state crown in 2000, the MW class of the NPC Junior Nationals in 2002, and the Light Heavyweight class of the masters 45+ category at the 2011 NPC Masters Nationals. She frequently finished in the top 5 in the NPC and IFBB shows from 2002 to 2012, including several 1st place wins in 2011 and 2012. At just 50 years of age, she died from a heart attack only two days after a contest in 2013.
There’s an old saying that goes, “Find what you love and then let it kill you” and that is exactly what Gary Himing did. Himing was one of the more famous bodybuilders in the world when he died on stage back in 2009. He was competing in a sanctioned competition in Australia when he suffered a heart attack on stage. Rather than canceling the show the event promoters instead had his body moved to a hospital before continuing. The world of bodybuilding can be savage and the allure of the money, fame, and killer body can be too much for some people. However, we’d rather deal with quick loans to pay our bills than put our body in harms way like this. Still, Himing died doing what he loved so there is something poetic there.