Bodybuilding star Cedric McMillan dies at 44_freckle removal ipl

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Champion bodybuilder Cedric McMillan died Tuesday, according to his sponsor.

He was 44.

“We regret to inform you that our friend and brother @cedricmcmillan passed away today,” according to a Tuesday Instagram post from Black Skull USA. “Cedric will be greatly missed as an athlete, comrade, friend, and father. Our prayers are with all his family and friends. He 'fought the good fight' and now he rests.”

Generation Iron, a digital media company for weight training enthusiasts, reported about McMillan’s death, saying he had a heart attack while on a treadmill.

McMillan was the 2017 winner of the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition. His “classic” look may have helped, in part, establish the classic physique division, although he remained in the men’s open division, according to Generation Iron.

McMillan spoke about a near-death experience in 2021 that occurred after he contracted Covid-19.

He said he was having trouble breathing and when he went to the hospital, he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

“They noticed my heart function was very low. They determined the heart function ... could be low because of the virus,” Generation Iron reported.

McMillan's breathing was so poor, doctors told him he needed to get on a plane immediately and get to heart specialist. He blacked out and the next thing he remembered was waking up three days later, he said.

“They said I was on life support. I had the breathing machine — everything," McMillan said.

“They had to call my family because they thought that I was going to die. My heart was functioning at 10 percent of the normal heart.”

The medical scare prompted McMillan to pull out of a competition and put things into perspective because he wanted to live for his children, he said.

BarBend, a website that provides news coverage and other content on strength sports and fitness, called McMillan's 2017 Arnold Classic victory in Columbus, Ohio, his most significant. He took home top prize weighing 280 pounds. He is widely remembered for his entertaining victory speech and getting Arnold Schwarzenegger himself to pose alongside him.

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