Through his original interest of high school football, McCarver developed a passion for weightlifting, and at the age of 21-years-old, he competed in his very first bodybuilding event. Then, in 2012, Dallas tasted his first success when he became the Overall Winner for his Pro Card in the Super Heavyweight class in the NPC North Americans.Standing at 6″1′ and weighing an impressive 300 lbs, Dallas enjoyed further success over the next three years, winning 3 out of 5 of his IFBB competitions.
Months prior to his untimely death, Dallas started dating fellow bodybuilder and WWE Superstar, Dana Brooke. Together, the pair lit up their respective Instagram accounts, showcasing their mutual love for bodybuilding and each other. Up until his passing, McCarver had already amassed a strong fanbase of 475K followers.His passing came as a huge shock to his fans and the bodybuilding community, as just hours before his death on August 21, he posted a video of himself chest-pressing 160 pound dumbbells, along with the caption;
On August 22, Brooke posted a message of gratitude and grief to her own Instagram account, revealing just how much McCarver meant to her.
“Could’ve been a little slower and better under control wth (sic) these 160s today… but sometimes you’ve just got to let the intensity flow. Great chest day with @josh_lenartowicz in @project_flex_fl#DragonsLair ! That damn @redcon1official#Silencer had me sweating like a whore in church boy! Whew!!!! #HotAsHell #LoveIt#DoTheHardSfuff #bigcountry#dallasmccarver #outgrowyourego#redcon1”
Dana Brooke – real name Ashley Mae Sebera – revealed how McCarver’s last words to her were “I love you. Goodbye”, as he hung up the phone to go and cook his dinner at his home in Boca Raton.
Earlier that evening, McCarver was found unconscious by a friend. Brooke confirmed to TMZ that McCarver died at his home in Florida after choking on his food, and that there were no signs of foul play, or that there was any evidence to suggest the 26-year-old tried to harm himself.
“So here it goes, I’ll try & be short– aug 22 the lord received another angel, who happens 2 be my LIFE- 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!! 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!! 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!! 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! #rip #myangel #mydallas #dallasmccarver #dteam #raw #ifbb #bodybuilding #losingalovedone #myheart #wwe #justkeepswimming #soulmate #swolemate #bestfriend #love #pray #faith #staystrong”At the time of his passing, McCarver was also the face of RedCon1, an online sports supplement and training apparel site that he would often promoted through his various social media accounts.
During an emotional Facebook video, the CEO of RedCon1, Aaron Singerman, spoke candidly about the moment when he found out that McCarver died.
Singeman stated that McCarver’s roommate, “found [McCarver] face down in the kitchen and not breathing. So they cleared out his passageways and removed the food in there, the blockage.”
“And [his roommate] actually cleared the passageways and removed the blockage, did CPR and when the ambulance came they continued. Brought him to the hospital and tried to resuscitate him, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.”
There has been an outpouring of support on social media for Dana Brooke and McCarver’s family, and we would like to send our best wishes to all of those affected. Dallas McCarver was not only known for having big muscles, but a big heart, and Aaron Singerman says that will be remembered as somebody who was “was generous and kind to everybody”.