The fitness community is in shock as one of the most promising young superstars, Dallas "Big Country" McCarver, has passed away. This follows recent bad news of another superstar named Rich Piana, who was found unconscious, put into a coma and is now fighting for his life. You can read the full story about Rich Piana here.
McCarver was born in 1991, in a very small town of the rural state of Tennessee, which is known to be the deep south of the United States. In fact, this is the reason he got the nickname "Big Country."
Dallas was an innate athlete, and his genetic abilities helped him excel in American Football while in school. Obviously, McCarver enjoyed football and wanted to get better, so he started lifting weights, which unveiled his true talents. Once he was done with high school, Dallas decided to focus on his new passion – bodybuilding. As incredible as it may seem, he quickly earned a pro card at just 21 years old and won 3 out of 5 IFBB contests where he competed. As a result, he gained a lot of followers and sponsors.
In 2016, McCarver placed an amazing 8th place at the Mr. Olympia, which is the top bodybuilding competition in the world. This led many to predict that within 5 or 10 years McCarver would be a routine top 3 finisher or Mr. Olympia champion. Unfortunately, due to the fact that he passed away, we will never know that.
McCarver was very popular, and he was an inspiration to many people who respected his humility and passion for bodybuilding. He built a large following through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. For instance, his Instagram profile had 500K followers (https://www.instagram.com/dallasmccarver/?hl=en), where he would post daily videos, pictures, and recipes. What's more, McCarver also had his own supplement line and apparel on his website - DallasMccarver.com.
McCarver had a scare at a bodybuilding show earlier this year in Australia, where he blamed a respiratory infection for the issue:
However, experts would say it was probably more likely a combination of problems brought on by his drug and diuretic abuse, rather than a respiratory infection. Eventually, McCarver would apologize to his fans, and many in social media would chime in with their opinions to take advantage of views and click bait. You can read more about the controversy here.
According to his girlfriend Dana Brooke (WWE superstar), McCarver was found unconscious by a friend, shortly after midnight at his FL home, on August 22nd. McCarver was then rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead with no signs of foul play. Early indications are that he choked on food, but we do not know this for sure.
His last words to his girlfriend on Tuesday night were "I love you. Goodbye." He then planned on cooking dinner at home. Earlier that day McCarver had put in a good work out, where he did chest presses with 160-pound dumbbells.
Brooke wants fans to stay strong through this, and said: "that's what McCarver would want." She says he would be her guardian angel for the rest of her life and "Aug 22 the lord received another angel, who happens to be my life. My Dallas, the one who only understood me!" Dana also said that people viewed him as a big bodybuilder, but more importantly to her - he had a huge heart. Later on, she plans on starting a charity to honor his memory. As a matter of fact, the Dallas McCarver foundation has already raised 15K (https://www.gofundme.com/dallas-mccarver).
You can read more about Dana Brooke and see pictures of them together on her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/ashasebera_danabrooke/ .
Most of the social media members have given their condolences. Lui Marco made several videos honoring McCarver and wishing him to rest in peace:
Redcon1 CEO (the supplement line that McCarver is involved in) posted a heavy hearted video saying that Flex Lewis (who was one of McCarver's close friends and workout partners) reached out to him.
However, Jerry Ward had a neutral point of view. He mentioned how dangerous the bodybuilder lifestyle can be from being so huge and so lean at the same time. Jerry said "it's not good," and he used to pump himself full of steroids in his 20's too, and 'got lucky' to get away with it:
He also said people need to get a grip about bodybuilding and remember that someone lost a boyfriend, son, and brother, all of which is more important than losing a future Mr. Olympia.
On the other hand, Jason Blaha had a point of view that McCarver did not die from choking on food. He says that the entire bodybuilding 'sport' is a joke and that McCarver died because of his lifestyle, and there will be more deaths soon:
To prove his opinion, Jason made a point that this kid had to go this hard to become the youngest pro ever, and 5 years later he is dead because of it. "He pushed it too far and people shouldn't be saying RIP, because this guy pumped 8 drugs into their body, ate a crazy diet, took diuretics and can't expect to live from it."
Cause of death
McCarver could have died simply from choking on food because four thousand people die from it every year just in North America. If the person is alone this can be a scary experience. Sadly, often even in the company of others, the victim will be too embarrassed to ask for help.
However, don't forget the heavy drug use of professional bodybuilders. It's very possible that heavy use of steroids, hgh, insulin, diuretics and other drugs caused his death. After all, anything this unhealthy is bound to have an effect on his health.
We do not know the full truth yet, keep in touch with evolutionary.org for the latest updates.
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