Cedric McMillan, bodybuilder and Arnold Classic champion, died at 44 after suffering a heart attack

Bodybuilder Cedric McMillan has died aged 44, his godfather has confirmed.

“We regret to inform you that our friend and brother Cedric McMillan passed away today. Cedric will be greatly missed as an athlete, comrade, friend and father,” Black Skull USA, a supplement company, wrote in a post on Instagram.

The company did not provide further details about McMillan’s death. “Our prayers are with all of his family and friends. He ‘fought the good fight’ and now he is resting,” he added.

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McMillan won the 2017 Arnold Classic bodybuilding contest, and organizer Arnold Sports Festival said he was “heartbroken” in a tribute on Instagram.

“Known for his larger than life personality, infectious smile, soft heart, and sense of humor appreciated by fellow contestants and fans alike, Cedric will be deeply missed,” the post read.

The organization is named after famous bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the post includes a photo of McMillan and Schwarzenegger together.

McMillan won multiple titles and became a “star in the world of bodybuilding and fitness” while serving more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class, the post.

“First and foremost, Cedric McMillan was a husband and father, and we send our deepest condolences to his family during this incredibly difficult time,” it read.

McMillan was a member of the South Carolina National Guard at the time of his death, a spokeswoman told CNN.

She confirmed that the National Guard had been notified of her death, but declined to comment further.

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