Professional bodybuilder Dallas McCarder, known as “Big Country” to his fans, has unexpectedly passed away. We’re still waiting on official reports, but as of now it’s been reported that he was found unconscious by his friend just after midnight yesterday evening.
From what we understand, last night, McCarver was rushed to a local hospital where they officially pronounced him dead. TMZ Sports reported that police have stated there were no signs of foul play in lead up to his death.
From TMZ Sports’ report, they spoke with McCarver’s girlfriend, WWE wrestler Dana Brooke, who stated, “The cause of death is believed to be from choking on food, and doesn’t appear McCarver was trying to harm himself.” She also stated that McCarver was on the phone with her prior to making his dinner that night.
This news story comes as a complete shock. Just yesterday, McCarver shared a video on his Instagram page crushing a chest workout with 160 lb dumbbells.
Back in March, TMZ Sports pointed out McCarver had a health scare at the Arnold Classic Australia. During prejudging, the 26 year old bodybuilder was going through a series of poses before collapsing and needing to be helped off stage.
It was later confirmed by McCarver that he had been suffering from an upper respiratory infection. This infection kept him from competing at the time, but judging from the last few months on his Instagram page it appeared his health was back to normal.
Last year, McCarver took 8th at the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition, and has built a huge Instagram following with 470k fans. Our condolences go out to McCarver’s family, loved ones, and fan base.
We’re still waiting on the exact cause of death, as the official biopsy and obituary have yet to be posted. But for now, it’s believed that McCarver passed by choking on food.
Feature image from @dallasmccarver Instagram page.