Texas bodybuilder and gym owner Stacey Cummings, 31, reportedly passed away on Wednesday.
The cause of her death is unknown at this time and news of her sudden passing shocked the bodybuilding community.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unfortunate and untimely passing of IFBB Pro Stacey Cummings,” said the National Physique Committee’s Texas branch.
— McKinney Texas Times (@McKinneyTimes) April 25, 2022
MEAWW wrote about Cummings’ career:
Cummings began bodybuilding in 2013, and three years later, in 2016, she earned her certification as an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness professional. She participated in the bikini division in the 2021 IFBB Texas Pro and co-owns the Flex Fitness 24/7 club in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, Bryant Fought, a fellow bodybuilder. Cummings and Fought married and had two children.
On the day she died, Cummings was active on Instagram, uploading a photo of herself posing in a silver bikini with the caption, ‘Just over here trying to remind myself what I’m capable of….’
Kelly Lynn, a bodybuilding professional and a friend of Cummings, wrote a heartfelt tribute on her Facebook page.
“Unbelievable to hear of Stacey Cummings passing. What a beautiful woman. I can’t believe it. We did 3 shows together in 2020 and I was at Nationals when she turned pro. How crazy. Just 31 years old. She also has 2 kids. Heartbreaking. It is so incredibly sad to see so many people pass away as of late. I don’t know her full story as to what happened, I just know she overcame many demons in her past. This one hit home. May she rest in peace.”
FitGems Nation wrote: “We are unaware of the details right now but we just found out that IFBB Pro Stacey Cummings passed away yesterday. As soon as we find out anything more, we will let you know. R.I.P. Stacey.”
We are unaware of the details right now but we just found out that IFBB Pro Stacey Cummings passed away yesterday. As soon as we find out anything more, we will let you know. R.I.P. Stacey. 😔💔 pic.twitter.com/qg1eLT30IL
— FitGems Nation (@FitGemsNation) April 21, 2022
MEAWW noted the string of recent tragedies in the bodybuilding community:
Cummings’ death is the latest in a string of high-profile early fatalities that has devastated the bodybuilding world in the last year. Cedric McMillan, the 2017 Arnold Classic champion, died of a heart attack while running on a treadmill last week at the age of 44. Tom Prince, a retired bodybuilder, died of cancer at the age of 52 in February, just days after Ashley Gearhart, 37, died of unknown circumstances. In November, the winner of the 2018 Mr. Olympia competition, Chuck Kirkendall, 46, stated he had recently suffered a heart attack, while in August, 49-year-old star John Meadows died of a blood clot.