August 4, 2016
Joanna Wilson: Death Of NPC Bodybuilding Physique Competitor Spurs $20,000 GoFundMe Goal

As seen in the following photos and videos, Joanna Wilson was a woman who was dedicated to bodybuilding. Now, the world of bodybuilding is buzzing about the death of the NPC bodybuilding competitor, and Wilson's Facebook page is collecting condolences.

As noted by the GoFundMe page set up for Joanna, Wilson died in Las Vegas. Thus far, $2,445 of the $20,000 goal has been raised.
"Joanna Wilson was a huge inspiration to many in our community as well as others across the world. She genuinely believed in you, encouraging you to believe in yourself. She pushed you to strive to your full potential both in the gym as well as outside the gym. She was an amazing wife as well as mother to two kids. While in Las Vegas with her family and friends, she passed away due to health complications. This campaign was set up to support the heartbroken family. All proceeds will go directly to the family. Thank you."
According to her Facebook page, Joanna was the owner of Anytime Fitness, located in Centralia, Washington.

Folks are reacting to Wilson's death on forums like Get Big and on social media. There are also several videos about the popular bodybuilder now available on YouTube.

Warning: The below videos contains explicit language that might be offensive to some viewers.

Plenty of photos of Wilson posing on stage can be seen on popular bodybuilding websites such as Flex, as well as in Joanna's NPC photo galleries over the years.

As reported by the Evolution of Bodybuilding, Joanna died Friday, July 29. The publication published the last photo that Wilson posted to social media. She was photographed with her husband, Jay Wilson, as they were on their way to Las Vegas. According to the report, Wilson was preparing for the 2016 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships and IFBB Pro Qualifier, which was held Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, in Las Vegas.

Indeed, as most bodybuilding participants know, the week prior to a big competition is called "peak week. This is the week that competitors' bodies are expected to go through the most changes in a process that sometimes involves 12 or 16 weeks worth of previous preparations for a show.

The details of Joanna's death, along with any autopsy or toxicology reports, have not been released to the public at this time. In the absence of the official toxicology reports that should reveal Wilson's exact cause of death, fitness folks are speculating on what could have caused the young wife and mother to die suddenly during her preparations for a bodybuilding contest.

It is not known if there were any existing heart conditions that may have exacerbated Joanna's death, or if diuretics, insulin or steroids were involved. Speculation is rampant online about what Wilson's cause of death may have been.

[Image via Shutterstock]Trainers and fitness experts around the country are also using her passing as an opportunity to teach others to avoid dangerous habits when preparing for a bodybuilding contest. For example, Adam Atkinson, owner of SeeYouLaterLeaner™ LLC, warned against using the unsafe and harmful methods that some bodybuilders have used for years to "dry out" and make their muscles "pop" on the stage.

As seen in Adam's below Instagram post, which was also posted to Atkinson's Facebook page, he warned fitness competitors not to cut out water and sodium during the final week of their contest prep; calling water and sodium depletion, coupled with raising potassium levels, a dangerous cocktail that is reminiscent of the lethal injection process.

Other bodybuilding experts are echoing those sentiments, including those who might speculate about what substances may have contributed to Joanna's death. As seen in the video below from the "Tiger Fitness" YouTube channel, the theory is posited that dangerous extremes in bodybuilding are not worth dying over for a trophy or in the hunt for a sometimes elusive sponsorship deal.

[Image via Shutterstock]Warning: The below video contains explicit language that might be offensive to some viewers.
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