The bodybuilding community is mourning the loss of Chad McCrary, a renowned champion in the sport, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 49. The news was shared by his brother, Lance McCrary, who relayed a heartfelt message from Jim McMahon, the CEO of sports fitness brand Mutant, which sponsored McCrary.
McMahon expressed his shock and sorrow over McCrary’s passing in a video message. He highlighted the significant impact McCrary had on the athletic community, emphasizing the camaraderie he fostered. McMahon described McCrary as a good friend who embodied the spirit of unity and companionship that everyone strives for in life.
In his message, McMahon also expressed his personal grief, stating that his heart ached over the loss. He extended his condolences to all who knew McCrary, thanking him for his contributions to the community.
Lance McCrary responded to McMahon’s message with gratitude, noting his brother’s pride in being part of the Mutant brand. He also lauded his brother’s determination and his ability to bring joy to others. According to Lance, McCrary was not only a dedicated bodybuilder but also a man who could make people laugh and offer sound advice.
McCrary’s obituary in the Texarkana Gazette revealed that he was also a motivational speaker and a licensed aviator through Texarkana College. He had also served as a paramedic for LifeNet and the Red River Army Depot.
In 2005, a motocross accident left McCrary paralyzed. Despite this setback, he continued to compete in bodybuilding competitions. In an interview with Wheelchair Bodybuilding, McCrary shared his motivation to compete, even from a wheelchair, was to inspire others. He had already been involved in bodybuilding before his accident and decided to continue in the sport after becoming wheelchair-bound.
The cause of McCrary’s death has not been disclosed.