Mike Mitchell, an actor and bodybuilder who starred in “Gladiator” and “Braveheart,” has passed away. He was 65 years old.
A representative for Mitchell told TMZ he died on Friday while on a boat in Turkey. His family said his death was due to natural causes, but provided no further details.
In a statement, Mitchell’s rep remembered him as an actor, a friend and an “honest person.”
“It was very hard to believe… The sudden death of an international actor whom we directed, an honest person, a real actor, a true friend, my dear friend, saddened us deeply. I have always been honored to be your director. I wish your wife, dear Denise Mitchell, and your children patience, ”her point of sale representative said. “Getting to know each other and earning your friendship is invaluable. Sleep in the lights. RIP.
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Mitchell got his start as a bodybuilder. The Scottish actor is a five-time World Fitness Federation (WFF) champion and two-time Mr. Universe winner, according to his website.
He also competed in Britain’s Strongest Man.
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He would continue to show his incredible strength on the big screen. In addition to starring in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” in 2000, he also performed stunts in “Braveheart” with Mel Gibson, and appeared in the films “One Day Removals”, “City of Hell”, “Skyfall” and “Emmerdale”, among others.
TMZ reported that Mitchell suffered a heart attack in 2006 after winning his fifth WFF title.
He also loved sailing and when he wasn’t on a movie set he was a skipper who loved to take guests out to sea on a boat he owned.
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According to his representative, Mitchell is survived by his wife Denise and their children.