Mike Mitchell dead: Gladiator and Braveheart actor dies ‘on boat in Turkey’ aged 65

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Mike Mitchell, 65, has died at the age of 65, his rep informed TMZ. The family says they believe his death is due to natural causes, although they weren’t more specific. The publication claims it happened on a boat in Turkey.

A spokesperson for the star told the website: “It was very hard to believe… The sudden death of an international actor we managed, an honest person, a real actor, a true friend, my dear friend, has saddened us deeply. 

“I’ve always been honoured to be your manager. I wish patience to your wife, dear Denise Mitchell, and your children. 

“Getting to know you and gaining your friendship is invaluable. Sleep in the lights. RIP.”

Mitchell started out as a bodybuilder and rose to the top.

He won Mr Universe along with numerous World Fitness Federation’s Fitness World Championships.

Mitchell competed for a long list of titles, including Britain’s Strongest Man.  

He won five Masters Mr World titles along the way. In 2010, he was given the WWF’s highest honour The Living Legend Award.

However he got his big break in 1994 that has shades of Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

He got cast in the Hollywood blockbuster Braveheart because of his imposing physical presence.

Mitchell went on to appear in Gladiator, The Planet, One Day Removals, City of Hell, Life on the Line and Emmerdale.

He suffered a serious setback in 2006 after winning his fifth World Fitness title, when he was stricken with a serious heart attack.

He lived on a boat in Turkey with his wife, which is where is thought to have passed away.

On social media, his friends and fans sent their best wishes to his family.

One said: “Prayers sent.”

A second replied: “Gutted to hear about the death of my old friend and actor in three of my films, Mike Mitchell. So long Big Mike.”

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