A bleak day for all heavyweight lifters and admirers of impressive physique as ‘Mighty’ Mike Quinn breathed his last at the age of 61 after a prolonged battle with an unspecified ailment.
The obituary and news of Mike Quinn’s demise were initially communicated by his sister Kellie Quinn via a Facebook post in which she also eulogized her departed brother.
She expressed, “After a long illness, my brother Mike, also known as ‘Mighty Mike Quinn,’ has received his angel wings. Michael had an impact on many lives and will be missed. You’ll forever be in our hearts, Kellie ❤️🙏❤️”
Even though the post did not specify the exact date of his passing, it did indicate that he had been battling an undisclosed illness.
He will always be remembered as a renowned bodybuilding star from the 1980s, and his heritage will continue to motivate many.
Quinn was born on November 18, 1961, and commenced his training at the age of 13. He exhibited a genuine talent for fitness and swiftly excelled as an athlete.
His devotion to powerlifting grew stronger as time went on, becoming his primary focus.
Mighty Mike marked his bodybuilding debut at the 1981 AAU Mr. America, clinching the overall Teen title and securing 10th place in the heavyweight class.
Quinn commenced competing at the national amateur level a year later. He obtained his IFBB pro card by seizing the 1987 NPC USA overall championship.
Mighty Mike Quinn’s Premiere in Bodybuilding
The IFBB bodybuilder made his professional debut in the same year, securing fourth place in the Detroit Pro Championships.
Quinn’s exceptional talents in bodybuilding were on display in 1988 as he dominated ten competitions, securing a top-seven position in all of them.
His most outstanding 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.
Though he never clinched a professional show, Quinn’s prominence soared, leading to his appearance on magazine covers worldwide.
In 1991, some of the most eminent figures in bodybuilding, including Quinn, made a daring decision to depart from IFBB and join Vince McMahon’s World Bodybuilding Federation.
Quinn took part in one WBF competition, the WBF Grand Prix, and even though he secured 12th place, it was a remarkable achievement.
Regrettably, the WBF only lasted for a year, and Quinn chose to return to IFBB. In 1993, Quinn made a comeback on an IFBB stage.
Even though his performance did not meet his usual standards, he still managed to secure a place within the top 15 at the Night of Champions.
However, Quinn enhanced 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 hiatus 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.