Champion bodybuilder Neil Currey has sadly died aged 34.
The bodybuilder, from the UK, embarked on his fitness and powerlifting career while playing football at school.
As Currey stepped away from football, he shifted his focus to bodybuilding where he followed a strict gym and diet plan.
He would make his professional debut in 2017 at the WBFF World Championships Pro Muscle Model.
Currey then went on to establish himself as one of the most well-known bodybuilders in the world.
Tragically, news has broke that he has passed away.
His death was shared by his former trainer, Milos Sarcev, in an Instagram post.
He penned: “Absolutely shocking, heartbreaking news – that my former athlete @neil_currey died today.
“My last/best memory of him was this smiling face after he won New York Pro and fulfilled his lifetime dream of qualifying for the Mr. Olympia.
“I am lost for words and filled with pain and sadness.
“My sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. RIP Neil and God bless your soul.”
People have taken to social media to pay tribute to the bodybuilder, with one person saying: “I’m praying for his family.”
Another fan adds: “What a tragic loss! That inspiration ever since my first thoughts into this bodybuilding world came from people like Neil Currey.
“That inspiration will never be lost! RIP one of the greatest!!!”
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“Hands down one of my most favourite bodybuilders. Taken away too soon,” says a third person.
Bodybuilding news site RX Muscle says: “Stunned and beyond saddened by the tragic news that Neil Currey has passed away at the young age of 34.
“We pass our most sincere and deepest condolences to Neil’s family, friends, and to all of his fans around the world.”
One fan posted a personal tribute, which reads: “I lived with him for two years, and my heart is filled with sorrow for Neil. He possessed an unwavering stoicism that I admired greatly.
“Neil, in the time you spent on this earth, you accomplished more than most could in three lifetimes. Your unwavering dedication to pursuing your dreams and your refusal to surrender were awe-inspiring.”
At the time of writing, Currey’s cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
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Currey made his debut in the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation in 2019, where he competed in the Classic Physique competition – in which he finished in seventh place.
But he bounced back with a second and third-place finish in major competitions.
He then had his crowning moment in his career when he won the New York Pro in the Men’s Classic Physique category.