If you have never head of Dallas McCarver, here is a little background on this pro that passed away yesterday.
Bodybuilding superstar Dallas McCarver — aka “Big Country” — has died after apparently choking on food at his Florida home. His girlfriend, WWE superstar Dana Brooke, who says the 26-year-old was found unconscious just after midnight Tuesday morning by a friend at his home shortly after they spoke on the phone.
McCarver was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Law enforcement sources say there appears to be no signs of foul play. Brooke says McCarver told her he was about to make dinner and the last thing he said to her was, “I love you. Goodbye.”Brooke says the cause of death is believed to be choking on food … and it does not appear McCarver was trying to harm himself.
McCarver burst on to the bodybuilding circuit when he was 21 and immediately began winning big competitions. He was a 6’1″, 300-lb beast who was crazy strong in the weight room.
Just last year, McCarver placed 8th in the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition.
McCarver had a health scare back in March when he collapsed onstage at the 2017 Arnold Classic Australia … but he appeared to be doing much better recently.
Brooke tells us the message to McCarver’s fans is to stay strong — that’s what he would want.
Here Is a Video Of Dallas Collapsing On Stage.
According to his coach Chad Nicholls’ Facebook page:
Dallas McCarver – Just wanted to give everyone an update on him – because I know the internet is “buzzing” – so giving you the REAL update: just got off the phone with him and he’s feeling much better – but still feeling very run down. Most people don’t know and we didn’t make it public because we didn’t want to make “excuses” – but he’s been fighting a pretty rough upper respiratory infection since before the Arnold (Columbus). It didn’t really affect us in Columbus, but the travel, extended dieting, depleted state of the body took it’s toll. I know nutritionists always love to take credit for things when they go right – but I’m taking full responsibility for things going wrong here.Dallas McCarver has a “Never Quit” attitude, but I should have pulled the plug in New Zealand and definitely should have pulled the plug for today. This morning he labored to expand his lungs and take a full breath without having a coughing fit and was limited in what he could do. But, when we talked midday – he said he was feeling great – so we made the decision to go ahead and go to the show. That was a bad call on my part and I’ll have to deal with that. The good news is that Dallas is feeling much better now – but we both agreed it’s time to call it a day and look at another battle down the road – just not worth his health. I’ve got to tell you – I’ve never seen a kid fight and want to compete like this kid. He’s something special and the industry needs to recognize that! But today – we are more concerned about getting him rested and fully recuperated.
Dallas himself had the following to say about the incident…
I just want to take a moment and say thank you to each and every person who’s sent me a positive message, comment, post, text, or even approached me with support and positivity in person! It makes me so happy to see all of the love and support within our industry. I see now more than ever we truly are a family and for the most part in this together! Minus a select bitter few that try to ruin it for us all with their insecurities and need to push down others in order to make themselves feel relevant or superior in some twisted weird way. We all have nothing but respect for the work and pain every competitor goes through for this “sport” or lifestyle or whatever you want to call it. It’s been a tough few weeks for me, I’ve made a lot of mistakes this year/ prep and I’m continuing to learn from them, but I’m a firm believer that there is always a larger plan we don’t see. So while it may hurt now, I can’t help but believe I’ll laugh at all of this in the years to come. Again THANK YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!