It has been a rough couple of days for the bodybuilding community, and the news of IFBB Pro Physique Bodybuilder, Ashley Gearhart’s passing left many fans even more sorrowful. Her younger sister, Aubree Rhodes, turned to Facebook and explained that Ashley had passed away on Saturday morning, January 29th, 2022.
The cause of Ashley’s death is currently unknown, and the only thing we know is that she died in her sleep. In a second post published by her sister, it was revealed they found out that Ashley had a peaceful death with no pain.
“I’ve been absolutely dreading sharing this terrible news! But my oldest sister Ashley passed away Saturday morning. We’ve been taking our time wrapping our heads around everything and hope everyone can respect we’re not wanting to talk at this time!
Thank you to everyone who has shared their condolences for us. We just ask to keep our whole family in your prayers, especially my niece and nephew!”
I’m so glad that my sister got to spend the last week with me and my family doing something she love to do(helping others)! She had the biggest heart, a smile that was so contagious, and just down to earth!
We still don’t have all the answers we need/want but we know she was in no pain and because of that I feel at ease! We love and miss you so much already!!
Thank you for loving us! We never doubted your love cuz you showed it!! Thank you god for the time you aloud us to have with her until we see you again sis #sistersforever #iloveyou See less
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Ashley Gearhart’s Career
Ashley was an IFBB Pro Women’s Physique Bodybuilder. Her first competition was in 2013 in the bikini division, but progressing through her career, Ashley switched to Women’s Physique. She also owned Strength Inside Out, and their goal was to help athletes reach physical fitness, and not to neglect their mental health as well
Ashley Gearhart’s bodybuilding competitions:
- 2013 NPC Natural Eastern USA Championships: 1st place (Bikini Class A)
- 2013 NPC Natural Eastern USA Championships: 1st place (Bikini Novice Class A)
- 2015 NPC Universe Championships: 16th place (Bikini Class A)
- 2015 NPC Junior USA Championships: 9th place (Bikini Class A)
- 2017 NPC North Carolina State Championships: 1st place (Figure Class A)
- 2017 NPC North Carolina State Championships: 1st place (Figure Novice Class A)
- 2017 IFBB North American Championships: 7th place (Figure Class A)
- 2018 NPC USA Championships: 9th place (Figure Class A)
- 2018 NPC North American Championships: 5th place (Figure Class A)
- 2018 NPC North American Championships: 1st place (Women’s Physique Class A)
- 2019 IFBB Legion Sports Fest: 12th place (Women’s Physique)
- 2020 IFBB Baltimore Classic Masters Pro: 2nd place (Women’s Physique Masters 35+)
- 2020 IFBB Rising Phoenix Arizona Pro: 16th place (Women’s Physique)
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Ashley Gearhart was an excellent athlete and a great person. She always encouraged people to believe in themselves, and pursue their dreams and aspirations. Ashley will definitely be missed.
Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Ashley Gearhart.