Cedric McMillan was an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and United States Army Instructor. Renowned for his aesthetic physique, McMillan was one of the leading bodybuilders in the world. He died at the age of 44 on April 12, 2022, due to a massive heart attack.
Cedric McMillan was born on Wednesday, August 17, 1977 (age 44 years; at the time of death), in Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S. His zodiac sign is Leo.
He did his primary schooling at Clinton Elementary School. As a child, he was fascinated with muscular physiques and often drew comic characters that had exceptional physiques. He grew up admiring 7x Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger; McMillan became a huge fan of Schwarzenegger after watching him in Conan The Barbarian. When he was thirteen years old, his mother gifted him a weight set after knowing about his passion for the sport. Soon, he began his training in weightlifting and realized that he had good genetics for bodybuilding.
Cedric attended Andrew Jackson High School, Jacksonville, Florida, from 1994 to 1996. After graduating from high school, McMillan moved to Lancaster, South Carolina, where he joined the US Army.
Shortly after, McMillan’s friend Mark Neil convinced him to take part in a bodybuilding competition. Neil encouraged him to learn the basics of bodybuilding and helped him gain an appropriate weight and size.
Off-season Weight: 136 Kg (300 lbs)
Competition Weight: 116 Kg (256 lbs)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 52″, Waist: 34″, Biceps: 23″
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about his parents.
Wife & Children
Cedric McMillan was married to Eva Matulessy McMillan. He had four children named Seven, Isaac, Eli, and Lemae.
McMillan began his career as a US Army personnel in 1997. He served in the US Army for more than 20 years, where he rose up to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Cedric was also serving as an instructor at Fort Jackson, SC.
Cedric McMillan started his bodybuilding career in 2007 by participating in the NPC South Carolina. He competed in the competition in super heavyweight category and stood first. In 2008, he entered the NPC Junior USA Championships and won the competition. Subsequently, he went on to participate in many popular bodybuilding championships like NPC National Championships (2009), Europa Dallas Pro (2010), and New York Pro (2011).
A top-open division bodybuilder, McMillan had to his credit 8 Pro wins. He earned his first Pro card in 2009. Cedric’s most remarkable victory was the 2017 Arnold Classic Ohio, where he got a chance to meet his idol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who praised him for his classic physique. Despite setting a bar at the Arnold Classic Ohio, McMillan was considered to have underperformed at the Mr. Olympia finals.
Cedric last participated in the 2020 Arnold Classic Ohio in which he was placed at 6th position.
On April 12, 2022, Cedric McMillan died of a heart attack. Reportedly, he suffered a heart attack while he was on a treadmill. Confirming the news of his death, Black Skull USA, a supplements company that sponsored McMillan, took to Instagram and wrote,
We regret to inform you that our friend and brother @cedricmcmillan passed away today. Cedric will be greatly missed as an athlete, comrade, friend, and father.”
The post further read,
Our prayers are with all his family and friends. He ‘fought the good fight’ and now he rests.”
McMillan had previously spoken about his heart issues. In 2021, he suffered from Covid-19 and experienced some breathing issues. Eventually, he was rushed to a hospital with pneumonia and was placed on life support.
Although he recovered from the disease after some time, he delayed his return to competitive bodybuilding due to health issues. In 2022, a few months before his death, McMillan announced that he was soon planning to return to the sport.
- McMillan loved sketching and listening to music in his leisure time.
- A fitness enthusiast, McMillan never missed a day at the gym.
- In his school days, McMillan was an unruly kid and was often kicked out of his classes.
- A sports fanatic, McMillan was a good runner in his high school days and had won several running competitions.
- Prior to his death, McMillan resided at Heath Springs in South Carolina.
- He was featured on the covers of various fitness magazines like Muscular Development.
- He followed a non-vegetarian diet.
- Cedric owned a Kawasaki Hayabusa Turbo.
- He was an avid dog lover and owned a bulldog.
- He idolized Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- During interviews, McMillan often described himself as a family man. He was also very close to many of his childhood friends.
- McMillan was a member of the South Carolina National Guard at the time of his death.
- In an interview, while talking about the US Army, McMillan said,
I think the army is kind of part of who I am. I think the Army is kind of what made me the man that I am. I believe that being able to get to where I am while maintaining my military career is something to be a little bit proud of too.”
- He was often referred to as Cedric McMillan -The One.