‘He was an icon’: Body building legend Cedric McMillan dead at age 44

Body building icon Cedric McMillan has died at the age of 44. The Arnold Classic champion’s death was confirmed by Generation Iron on Wednesday (AEST).

McMillan’s death comes after he opened up about past heart issues and had a near-death experience last year, The Sun reports.

“RIP Cedric McMillan. We are very sad to report that Cedric passed away at 44 years old,” Generation Iron tweeted.

“R.I.P. to one of my favourite bodybuilders and best personality in professional bodybuilding Cedric McMillan,” read one tweet.

McMillan won the Arnold Classic in 2017. He was known for bringing the “classic” look back to Men’s Open bodybuilding.

After a near-death experience in December 2021, McMillan spoke of 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.

“I’ll never forget when @CedricMcMillan commented on my home gym & joked he was coming over to train,” fitness trainer Matt Weik wrote.