The sport of bodybuilding has misplaced a titan. On Sept. 14, 2022, by way of a submit on his Facebook web page, Bill Pearl’s spouse, Judy, introduced that the retired bodybuilder had died on the age of 91.

His spouse famous that Pearl had lately overcome a severe bacterial an infection, following a garden mower accident which occurred in April. He was concurrently battling Parkinson’s Disease, identified in 2016, which his spouse believes might have brought about his dying. 

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While serving with the United States Navy within the early Nineteen Fifties, Pearl started power coaching at Leo Stern’s Gym in San Diego. Stern would encourage Pearl to provide aggressive bodybuilding a strive. After Pearl received the 1953 Mr. California, Mr. America, and Mr. Universe Amateur titles, the remainder was historical past.

With a singular mass and power, Pearl was a bodybuilding mainstay within the mid-Twentieth century. For an intermittent half over nearly twenty years between 1952-1971, Pearl competed in 11 bodybuilding competitions, profitable 9 of them. In that point, Pearl received contests starting from the 1952 Mr. San Diego to a few acclaimed Mr. Universe Pro contests (1961, 1967, 1971).

After having fun with his fruitful profession, in 1978, Pearl stepped away from bodybuilding as an lively competitor on the age of 48. To this present day, solely Edward Kawak (1982-1985, 1993) and Eddy Ellwood (1997-2001) have ever received extra Mr. Universe competitions. Pearl is tied with fellow bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger (1968-1970) at three victories. 

Following Pearl’s bodybuilding profession, he was a mentor, coach, and coaching associate to 9 Mr. America winners and 14 Mr. Universe champions. Among the extra notable may be 1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson.

Eventually, Pearl grew to become a profitable health creator, penning notable standard picks comparable to Keys To The INNER Universe (1979) and Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Men and Women (1986). According to the caption of the submit on Pearl’s Facebook web page, Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Men and Women has bought over 850,000 copies thus far.

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In 2003, along with co-author Kim Scott, Pearl penned his autobiography entitled Beyond The Universe: The Bill Pearl Story. For his super influence on bodybuilding. Pearl was awarded the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Here’s a part of what Pearl’s spouse needed to say about her late husband’s passing on Facebook:

“All day yesterday, he [Bill Pearl] was fretting about his Facebook page and had me post a couple of things he had prepared,” Judy Pearl wrote. “He loved to share stories of other people’s triumphs and accomplishments.” 

Featured Image: Bill Pearl on Facebook