Bodybuilding champion Tom Prince has sadly died at 52 years old, a close friend has confirmed.
Prince gained notability in 1997 after winning the Heavyweight and Overall titles at the 1997 NPC National Championship, and continued with an impressive career until 2002.
The NPC Nationals winner is being remembered by friends, family, and fans for his incredible contributions to the bodybuilding scene.
We take a look back on Tom Prince’s life and legacy.
Bodybuilding champion passes away aged 52
Longtime friend Bob Cicherillo confirmed via an Instagram post that bodybuilder Tom Prince had sadly passed away at 52-years-old.
Prince had been suffering with health complications for many years, including a battle with cancer.
Sharing a photograph of Prince, Cicherillo wrote: “TOM PRINCE passed away early this morning with his wife Becca at his side. Tommy Boy fought a great fight for many years, battling a host of health issues but ultimately cancer was too much.
“He was a champion, and one of my closest friends, Tom and Becca are Godfather and Godmother to our daughter Milania. Tommy and I trained together as IFBB Pros , but spent more time talking about life, our kids ( tom has two from a previous marraige) and philosophy, his ever present Masters in English Lit always present.
“He’ll always be remembered as a great husband to Bec, father , uncle, brother and friend. Rest in peace my brother.”
Prince is survived by his wife and two children.
Inside Tom Prince’s successful career
Tom Prince’s impressive career extended throughout the mid-90s until the early 2000s, seeing him retire in 2002.
As per Bar Bend, Prince first entered the bodybuilding scene as an amateur in the 1995 NPC Nationals. A year later, he finished runner-up in the 1996 USA Championship, with Craig Titus taking the winning title.
Tom made a breakthrough in 1997 when he won the Heavyweight and Overall titles at the 1997 NPC National Championship.
As the bodybuilder continued to make a name for himself, Prince took on the Iron Pro by 2000, finishing in ninth place.
Prince went on to compete in both the 2001 and 2002 Night of Champions, but ultimately decided on retirement after suffering from kidney problems.
Fans pay tribute to late bodybuilder
Following the sad news of Tom Prince’s passing, fans of the late bodybuilder have taken to social media to pay tribute.
One person tweeted: “Another Icon of the Body Building World. An absolute stunning muscular physique. R.I.P. Tom Prince.”
Another wrote: “Prayers go out always for Tom.”
Somebody else took to social media: “Sorry for your loss. Way too young.”
A further person added: “That breaks my heart. Man. What a loss.”
We send our condolences to the family of Tom Prince.
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