“So Sad That We Lost Him:” Late US Army Veteran Turned Arnold Classic Champion Leaves Fans in Tears After His Iconic Posing Clip Resurfaces on the Internet

Published 01/26/2024, 3:03 AM EST

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The bodybuilding world has been hit by deep sorrow again as they reminisce, Cedric McMillan, a former US Army veteran, and Arnold Classic champion. A poignant video showcasing his iconic posing went viral online recently, evoking emotions and bringing tears to the eyes of fans.

McMillan, renowned for his impressive physique and stage presence, captured the hearts of many with his memorable performances. In a post jointly shared by BisandTris and Fernando Arroyo, McMillan could be seen performing at the Arnold Classic stage with a blindfold on.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger was taken by Cedric McMillan’s performance


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The bodybuilding devoted page accompanied the post with a sentimental caption that read, “How can we forget this incredible presentation given by Cedric Mcmillan (RIP) at the @arnoldsports 2019 doing his routine with a blindfold👀❌”. McMillan’s performance was so unique and captivating that even Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t resist recording the entire routine. “Not even Arnold resisted documenting that great spectacle.🔝💥”, the caption further read.

What adds to the intrigue is that McMillan performed with a blindfold, showcasing his incredible talent and sculpted physique he built with years of hard work. The veteran began his bodybuilding career in the early 2000s. His dedication and hard work paid off when he clinched the title of the Arnold Classic champion in 2017, a highly coveted achievement in the bodybuilding world.


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However, McMillan’s journey was not without its challenges. In 2020, he faced a series of health setbacks, including a serious bicycle accident, contracting Covid-19 and subsequent heart issues, possibly due to the diagnosis. Despite these obstacles, he remained resilient, continuing to inspire others with his determination and passion for the sport. Sadly, in 2022, there was news that the champ is no longer with us. At the age of 44, he passed away. His sponsor, Black Skull USA, confirmed the disheartening news on social media, which surely shocked his fans and peers.

Fans got emotional and express their admiration for the veteran

Tributes poured in from across the bodybuilding community, with many expressing their grief and admiration for McMillan. “He was such a great bodybuilder. It’s so sad that we lost him and Shawn Rhoden months apart from each other” and “He was such a great bodybuilder, we miss him so much,” some comments read.


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Sports fanatics reminisced about McMillan’s contributions to the sport, recalling his unparalleled charisma on stage and his commitment to excellence. “Rest In peace one of my top 5 all-time favorites and a proper guy big ced🙏🏿”.
Another fan wrote, “This shouldn’t even be compared to standard posing routines. The amount of effort Cedric put into this is unbelievable..rest in peace big man.”
“He brought the Aesthetic Era back,” read a comment.

Though he may no longer be with us, Cedric McMillan’s legacy will live on, inspiring countless individuals to pursue their dreams.


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Written by:

Arpita Shrivastava


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Hi, I'm Arpita Shrivastava, a fitness and bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. When I started college, my fascination shifted to combat sports and I began training for Judo. I did it for two years until an injury compelled me to step away from the mat.
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Ariva Debnath