Champion bodybuilder Tonya Knight shared a post about heaven weeks ahead of her death that has gone viral.
Knight passed away on Tuesday at the age of 56 following a battle with cancer.
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"Belated Happy Father's Day to my daddy in heaven," she posted to Instagram.
"I never thought I would be doing this so soon," she added. "I miss you dad."
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"In 1991, Tonya Knight won the title of Ms. International, and two years later, she placed sixth in the same competition. Third place in the Jan Tana Classic in 1993 was her best finish," The Sports Grail reported.
"She competed in and won the 1993 IFBB Grand Prix in Italy before calling it quits. Her appearance on American Gladiators propelled her to stardom on the small screen. She quit after three seasons due to a knee ailment," it added.
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Knight's friend Rachel McLish also confirmed her death through a Facebook post and she also issued a statement.
“My beloved buddy Tonya Knight, one of bodybuilding’s brightest and most priceless stars, is now at peace. She continuously reached out, texted, called, and kept in touch with us to let us know about her battle with 'C' and to make sure we were taking care of ourselves," McLish wrote.
"She was loved by many people and served as their mother, daughter, sister, friend, and a great athlete," the post added, reflecting on her adventurous life.
The American Gladiators also posted to Twitter, "We regret to inform you that renowned American Gladiator and bodybuilder Gold passed away (Tonya Knight). All of her friends and family are in our prayers. Peace be with you, Golden Girl.”
The well-known fitness legend and American Gladiator has passed on, but her legacy has broken new ground for many female athletes in America and beyond. Originally from Missouri, Knight had three brothers named Timothy, Todd and Travis, and is survived by one adult son named Malachi.