Letcher County man named finalist in ‘Mr. Health & Fitness’ competition

Alonzo Osche

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) – 40-year old former coal miner Riley Cook of Whitesburg has been named a finalist in Muscle and Fitness magazine’s 2021 Mr. Health & Fitness competition after getting laid off from the coal mines and recovering from an ailment that nearly cost him his life.

“As soon as I got laid off [from the mines] I got kidney stones,” said Cook. “I got rushed into surgery and I ended up dying. I stayed in the hospital for a month and after my month was up the doctor said I wasn’t allowed to do anything for another six

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