The world of bodybuilding and wrestling mourned the death of Melissa Coates, the legend who died on June 23 at the age of 50. The cause of Melissa,s death has not been reported yet. In her decades’ long career, Melissa won many awards and has many achievements to her credit. She is remembered for her super energetic performances at WWE.
Here are some facts about her life;
Melissa won numerous titles in Bodybuilding
Melissa’s career span was a long one. At the peak of her career, she won many awards and titles. She ranked 9th in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Ms Olympia in 1996. The following year Melissa also ranked 11th. In 1994, she placed 1st in the Canadian Championships for Middle Weight bodybuilding, per Generation Iron Fitness Network.
Melissa faced severe health issues in the recent years
In the last months of her life, Melissa was met with several health challenges. In October 2020, Melissa was admitted to University Medical Center Las Vegas due to extreme pain she was feeling in her left leg, per the GoFundMe page that was set up to help her with medical expenses. Melissa endured several operations on her leg, due to her arteries being blocked by blood clots. Sadly, the extensive surgeries were not successful and Melissa’s left leg was amputated above the knee. The GoFundMe page announced Melissa’s death on June 23 and has raised nearly $31K.
Melissa also made film and TV appearance
Melissa appeared in movies such as Pray Another Day and played herself in the movie Ultimate Death Match 2. In 2011, she played a “Female Bodybuilder” in the movie A Story About Ian. In 2004, Melissa appeared on TV in Extreme Dodgeball.
Melissa had many gym titles
Melissa originated several WWE characters, but her most famous was Super Genie. She originated the role in 2014 and portrayed the character in the ring for years. She really got into the role, as well, as fans could see from performances.
Melissa Was Originally From Canada
While Melissa rose to fame in America, she was originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lakehead University. Melissa passed away in Las Vegas, NV.