Mr Universe champion Shaun Davis dies aged 57: Tributes to bodybuilder nicknamed ‘Dinosaur’ who won 1996 contest before being forced to retire due to kidney problems

Former Mr. Universe bodybuilder Sean “Dinosaur” Davis has died at the age of 57.

Mr Davis, who won a number of bodybuilding titles including Mr Britain and Mr Europe, was previously forced to retire early due to health problems.

He was crowned Mr. Universe in 1996 before he developed kidney problems that required him to undergo a kidney transplant. He had surgery in 2006 after waiting three years.

The cause of his death is not yet known.

Mr Davis leaves behind his partner Helen Burrows and their daughter Harley.

At the time of his Mr. Universe success, he weighed an impressive 334 pounds.

Tributes have been pouring in for the bodybuilding star, with Stapleford councilor Richard McRae thanking Mr Davies for putting Long Eaton, Derbyshire, on the map.

Mr McRae wrote: “IP Sean Davies, a very well known and respected gentleman who has certainly put Long Eaton on the map. Shawn was Mr. Universe in 1996. He was also Mr. Great Britain, Mr. Britain, Mr. Europe and Mr. Pro Universe.”

Another friend wrote: “Rest in peace my friend, you were a true inspiration from the day I met you in school, through all your amazing years of bodybuilding and beyond. Your smile and laughter will be missed.”

After his kidney problems, Davis became an outspoken advocate for organ donation.

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