Dallas McCarver is no longer with us.
The bodybuilder sadly and suddenly died on Monday evening after choking on food at home by himself in Florida.
He was only 26 years old at the time.
The nearly 300-pound weight lifter finished in eighth place at last year’s Mr. Olympia contest and had been on the phone with girlfriend Dana Brooke (a WWE Superstar) not long before his fatal accident.
“I love you,” McCarver said to Brooke to conclude their call. “Goodbye.”
There were no signs of foul play at the scene and no reason to think the man known as “Big Country” wanted to harm himself.
By every indication, this was just a terrible, freak accident.
In response to losing the love of her life, Brooke has taken to Instagram and shared a moving tribute to McCarver.
“So here it goes, I’ll try & be short– aug 22 the lord received another angel, who happens 2 be my LIFE,” Brooke wrote, adding:
“MY Dallas the one WHO ONLY UNDERSTOOD ME! I can speak on the behalf of his family– the love and support you all are showing for him & us is OVERWHELMING!!”
In March of this year, McCarver collapsed on stage at the 2017 Arnold Classic Australia, alarming fans to a significant degree.
But this incident did not appear to play any role in what happened on Monday.
“Dallas would always tell me “just keep swimming his little pengutimous (hippo mixed with penguin)” he would tell everyone the same — just keep swimming, keep moving through life and he will be your angel above!!” continued Brooke.
“He had a way with making people laugh!! Dallas was an exceptional body builder, but I didn’t see him for that .. I saw him for HIM AND HIS HEART!!”
Here is how the WWE Superstar concluded her post:
He is the best individual I have ever met– my ying to my yang.. finished my sentences and knew what I was thinking before I’d say it!! We had it all figured out – new WWE superstar “Big country” & “country strong” mixed tag team!!! — you were my life , you are my life.
I still smell u and feel ur presence, NEVER LEAVE MY SIDE — like I have always asked; and u said NO NEVER Mrs. McCarver.
I had your back and I knew you had mine!! Your our angel– STAYED TUNED FOR A NONPROFIT I have started — and as well as a memorial service as details will be out soon!