Jim Morris passed away in Venice, CA on January 28, 2016 at the age of 80. Throughout his career, Morris has been celebrated by the public for his vegan advocacy and commitment to social change.
He was a former Mr. USA and 15 year vegan before he died. He was vegetarian for 30 years and later transitioned to veganism.
Morris dispelled a lot of stereotypes in his career. Bodybuilding has historically been regarded as a sport for white athletes, however when Morris arrived on the scene, he broke through barriers as an African American gay man. He was the second black man to win Mr. America. He's also credited as being Elton John's bodyguard for 15 years.
Forks Over Knives featured a short documentary about him called, Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness: