After a near-death experience in December 2021, McMillan opened up on his health issues, saying he had been experiencing breathing issues after having Covid-19. The breathing issue eventually saw him hospitalised for pneumonia, and put on life support.
“I was almost dead,” he said of the ordeal.
Deep sadness in the bodybuilding scene!
Celebrity athlete Cedric McMillan has passed away at the age of 44. McMillan's death shocked the entire bodybuilding scene, he was only 44 years old.
The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but it is believed to have been a heart attack. In recent years, the American has withdrawn more and more from the active scene due to injuries and illnesses. Since 2009 he has been a regular winner of various trophies.
Arnold Schwarzenegger even referred to McMillan as "The One" Those who say they knew him have taken to social media in memory of McMillan. “I’ll never forget when @CedricMcMillan commented on my home gym & joked he was coming over to train,” fitness trainer Matt Weik wrote.
“He was everything this industry needed. We’ve lost WAY too many lately. Thank you for your service and for what you’ve brought to the industry. RIP Cedric”. RXMuscle confirmed McMillan’s death in a post on Facebook and said he will always be remembered for his “generosity toward fans”.
“He gave his time and energy towards connecting and inspiring, completely aware of his stature as a bodybuilding icon”. RXMuscle wrote. “Cedric was an American hero, who was proud to be an American and to serve his country in our armed forces.
We will never forget his service to our country. “A dedicated family man, Cedric was a pure inspiration for bodybuilders and people to look up to. He will be greatly missed, by all”. His friend around comrade-in-arms Steve Kulco mourns: "I am very sad about this news. Cedric was a wonderful person, a hero, a great bodybuilder and a great family man. Rest in peace, brother!"