Chad McCrary, an aptly named champion bodybuilder, passed away earlier this month at the age of 49.
His brother, Lance McCrary, shared a message from Mutant CEO Jim McMahon on social media. Mutant, a sports fitness brand, had sponsored McCrary. In a video statement, McMahon expressed his sorrow.
“Like everybody, I’m very sad and stunned. It’s a hard one,” McMahon said. “What I’m always gonna take away is just what we all got to experience, in our group at least, with him, is just the camaraderie. It’s always everything that all of us try to achieve in this life is having good friends and good camaraderie.”
“I don’t have much to say just the heart hurts,” he added. “That’s the simplest way to put it. Peace and love to everybody. Thanks, Chad.”
Lance McCrary expressed his appreciation for McMahon’s words and shared how proud his brother was to be part of Mutant.
“Jim, my brother was so proud to be part of Mutant nation,” Lance wrote. “He was on top of the world of you when you sponsored him.” He also praised Chad’s determination and his ability to uplift others.
“He was truly a body builder in his Beast mode, his determination was unmatched. Yet he could make you laugh, give good advice. Just an all-around good man.”
McCrary also worked as a motivational speaker and a licensed aviator through Texarkana College. His career included time as a paramedic for LifeNet and the Red River Army Depot. Despite being paralyzed from a 2005 motocross accident, McCrary continued to compete in bodybuilding. In an interview with Wheelchair Bodybuilding, he explained his motivation.
“To try and inspire others,” he said. “I was already involved in bodybuilding and just carried it over to the wheelchair.”
The cause of death has not been reported.
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