Chad Vaughn was born in 1981 in the state of Tennessee. His father died when he was young, so his mother raised him alone. He started training weights at age 14. At 16 he became a professional bodybuilder and won Mr America title three times (2006, 2008 and 2010). He has been married to his wife for over 10 years and they have two children together: son Logan Vaughn (born 2012) and daughter Shelby Vaughn (born 2013).
He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his family.
Vaughn’s Weight Training History
His first experience with weight training was when he competed in the 1996 Mr Universe contest. During that time he had no idea what it meant to lift heavy weights and how much pain it could cause. He did not understand why other competitors were able to compete without any injuries or discomfort during their competitions.
In 1998 he decided to move from Tennessee to California where he got a job working as a personal trainer. He continued his weight training routine there. In 2000, he won the Mr.
USA competition again and made another change in his life; he moved back to Tennessee and opened up a gym called “The Vortex”. He named it after the vortex created by gravity when someone lifts something heavy on one end of the barbell and then drops it on the floor with all their strength. While living in Tennessee he continued to win bodybuilding competitions. In 2006, he decided to move back to California and hired a manager. His gym is still open today.
Awards Won By Vaughn
First place in the Class B category at the Mr. Tennessee competition in 2000
First place in the Class B category at the Mr. America competition in 2003
First place in the Open Tall category at the Mr. America competition in 2006
First place in the Open Tall category at the Mr. World competition in 2006
Injury and Death
Chad Vaughn accidentally died on February 3, 2016 from a blood clot that caused a heart attack after competing in a national weightlifting competition. He was 34. His tragic death has been ruled an accident.
It is disputed whether he had previous knowledge of heart issues before his death.
As a tribute to his memory, the city of Nashville has renamed a street near his gym “Chad Vaughn Street”.
Videos of Vaughn
Here is a video of Vaughn taking first place in a weight lifting competition. This video was taken during the competition that led to his untimely death.
Here is a video of Vaughn at the Mr. USA competition in 2003, where he won first place in the tall division.
Here is a video of Vaughn lifting at the Mr. World competition in 2006, where he won first place in the tall division.
You can also view more videos of Vaughn on his website here.
Sources & references used in this article:
The B73 maize genome: complexity, diversity, and dynamics by …, MJ Levy, L McMahan, P Van Buren, MW Vaughn… – …, 2009 – science.sciencemag.org
Packaged food article by CE Vaughn – US Patent App. 29/431,307, 2013 – Google Patents
Comparative functional genomics of the fission yeasts by …, P Swoboda, SM Sykes, M Vaughn… – …, 2011 – science.sciencemag.org
Infection breeds reticence: The effects of disease salience on self-perceptions of personality and behavioral avoidance tendencies by CR Mortensen, DV Becker, JM Ackerman… – Psychological …, 2010 – journals.sagepub.com