Bodybuilder Cedric McMillan has died at the age of 44.
His death was confirmed on Instagram in a post by his sponsor Black Skull USA on April 13, 2022.
What was his cause of death? Generation Iron reported sources that McMillan “had a heart attack while on the treadmill,” but noted that was unconfirmed.
Here’s what you need to know:
McMillan previously said he nearly died as a result of a past battle with COVID-19
In November, McMillan announced he was “struggling with respiratory and heart problems” after contracting COVID the year before. He contracted pneumonia and was placed on life support, Generation Iron reported.
At some point in 2021, he failed to show up for the Legion Sports Fest finals, revealing that “a series of medical issues” were to blame.
“I was almost dead,” he told Generation Iron of his battle with COVID.
Black Skull USA wrote:
We regret to inform you that our friend and brother @cedricmcmillan passed away today. Cedric will be greatly missed as an athlete, comrade, friend and father. Our prayers are with all of his family and friends. He “fought the good fight” and now he rests. – Marcelo Bella
According to the Bleacher Report, McMillan was a Mr. Olympia competitor who also suffered a mountain bike crash in 2020.
According to Barbend, he said the following about this accident:
So I’m out here going around a corner down a hill and I kind of lost traction on the rear tire which threw me off the hill. So here I am, mountain biking on the f###### hill, and the only thing on your mind is “what’s gonna stop me,” you know? Something’s gonna stop me, right? So when I got off the bike I’m not exactly sure what I hit first. I went into a left turn, hit my left hip and shoulder, and at some point while rolling I tried to break my fall with my hand or grab the handlebars. I know the back of my hand was hit.
The Arnold Sports Festival described McMillan as having a “gentle heart” and a “contagious smile.”
The Arnold Sports Festival, a competition McMillan once won, posted a tribute on Instagram. It is reading,
Our entire family at the Arnold Sports Festival is heartbroken to learn of the passing of 2017 Arnold Classic Champion Cedric McMillan.
Known for his larger than life personality, infectious smile, gentle heart and sense of humor that was loved by competitors and fans alike, Cedric will be deeply missed.
While Cedric’s athletic achievements, which included multiple professional wins in addition to his 2017 Arnold Classic title, have made him a star in the world of bodybuilding and fitness, the career he was most proud of was his 20-plus years of selfless service to his country in the United States Army, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class in July 2021.
Cedric McMillan was first and foremost a husband and father and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family at this incredibly difficult time.
According to CNN, McMillan was a member of the South Carolina National Guard at the time of his death.
His recent posts on Instagram are a fitness supplement promotion post and a quote on the “consistency of goal” secret to success.
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