On Sunday, July 18, 2021, two-time Figure Olympia Champion Jenny Lynn-Powell (a.k.a. Jenny Lynn) died at 49 years old. According to a post on Lynn-Powell’s husband Ricky’s Facebook page, she suffered a seizure while sleeping. Ricky attempted to resuscitate her. BarBend cannot yet confirm or deny Lynn-Powell’s official reason for death but will update this article when the information is confirmed.
Dave Palumbo of RxMuscle first reported the news of Lynn’s death. There have been no statements or posts on any of Lynn-Powells’ personal social media accounts or her website. Mr. Olympia promoters confirmed the news in an Instagram post early in the morning on July 19.
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“The fitness world has lost a true champion,” Mr. Olympia LLC. wrote on Instagram. “Two-time Figure Olympia winner Jenny Lynn was an inspiration to so many. We are saddened to learn of her passing.”
About Jenny Lynn
Lynn-Powell, who is from Petaluma, CA, credits her early days as a cheerleader for sparking her passion for fitness. After transitioning to competitive bodybuilding, she officially earned her pro card by winning the 2001 NPC USA Fitness title. The Figure division — which focuses on mass in the shoulders and glutes and doesn’t include a dance routine like the Fitness division — was realized in 2003, and Lynn-Powell found a lot of success.
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She won 12 professional shows over the course of her career. The most significant wins are her two victories at the Olympia. She was the second champion in the division’s history, winning the prestigious title in 2006 and 2007. The only time she placed outside of the top five at the Olympia was in 2009 when she earned seventh. Lynn-Powell also won the Figure International title at the Arnold Classic on three separate occasions (2003, 2004, and 2005).
After her retirement in 2009, Lynn-Powell focused on her coaching and personal training business.
The Community Reacts
Following the announcement of her passing, comments and tributes poured in from all corners of the bodybuilding industry.
Dave Palumbo, Owner of RxMuscle
“Sad to hear that two-time Ms. Figure Olympia Jenny Lynn-Powell passed. From what I hear she had a seizure while sleeping. I had recently interviewed her and she was doing great. Jenny hosted a radio show on RXMuscle several years back, and she was always a shining light in everything she did and everywhere she went. She’ll be missed. My condolences go out to her family and friends.”
Milos Sarcev, IFBB Pro bodybuilder and coach
“Condolences to her family and loved ones.”
Bev Francis, bodybuilding legend and Co-Owner of Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym
“Very sad news about Jenny Lynn. She was a great champion. RIP”
Lynn-Powell is survived by her husband, Ricky Powell. BarBend extends its condolences to her family, friends, and fans.
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