The bodybuilder who saved two women from a horrifying dog attack has unexpectedly died at the age of 49.
Matthew Beddow, from Plymouth, once bravely fought off a mastiff dog which nearly killed two women.
A mastiff dog can typically weigh anywhere between 50kg and 100kg.
Back in 2006, a 32-year-old Beddow was able to subdue an out-of-control mastiff, with the help of another man, as the two women were left with heavy bleeding.
The bodybuilder then drove the two women to Derriford Hospital for emergency treatment.
Following a hearing on 25 September, the court concluded that 'Matthew was found unresponsive in the bedroom', reports Plymouth Live.
They added: "Ambulance and police attended the address. Sadly, despite the paramedics best efforts life was pronounced extinct at 7.54am on August, 9 2023."
At the time of his heroic antics, Beddow told the Plymouth Herald: "The dog had torn part of her leg away and part of her arm was just hanging off."
One female victim said: "I owe my life to these two men. They made sure the dog didn't kill me.
"I owe Matt my life. It it wasn't for him I could be dead. He kept me calm throughout and told me everything would be alright.
"He stopped that dog from moving his teeth to my face or throat."
This comes after a number of recent dog attacks by XL bully dogs, in which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the dog will be banned by the end of the year.
Sunak said in an announcement video posted on social media: "The American XL Bully Dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children.
"I share the nation's horror at the recent videos we've all seen. Yesterday we saw another suspected XL Bully Dog attack, which has tragically led to a fatality. It's clear this is not about a handful of badly trained dogs. It's a pattern of behaviour and it cannot go on.
"While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, I want to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public.
"Today I have tasked ministers to bring together police and experts to firstly define the breed of dog behind these attacks, with a view to then outlawing it.
"It is not currently a breed defined in law, so this vital first step must happen fast. We will then ban the breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act and new laws will be in place by the end of the year.
"These dogs are dangerous. I want to reassure the public that we will take all necessary steps to keep people safe."