Neil Currey, a former Mr. Olympia competitor, has died at 34.
Milos Sarcev, Currey’s former trainer, announced his death on Instagram Monday.
“Absolutely shocking, heartbreaking news – that my former athlete @neil_currey died today,” Sarcev wrote.
“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,” he continued.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 13, 2023
The New York Post reports:
The cause of death is unclear, although initials reports claimed Sarcev’s Instagram post indicated Currey died by suicide.
However, Sarcev’s initial Instagram post has been edited and makes no mention of suicide.
Bodybuilding digital network Generation Iron reports Currey made his bodybuilding debut at the 2017 World Championships and finished fifth in the category of pro muscle.
He later competed “on some of the biggest stages in the sport,” winning gold at the 2022 New York Pro to lock down his invite to the 2022 Mr. Olympia competition six years after going pro.
Neil Currey, a bodybuilder who competed in the prestigious Mr. Olympia competition in 2022, has died at the age of 34. 💔 https://t.co/HyMgk1afaY
— TMZ (@TMZ) September 14, 2023
TMZ provided additional background on Currey’s career:
Currey was born and raised in the United Kingdom and always had an interest in fitness. He began competing in 2017. In 2019, he made his IFBB debut in the Classic Physique competition, according to Generation Iron, where he finished 7th.
Over the years, Currey competed against some of the fittest men in the world, across the world … everywhere from Kuwait to Puerto Rico and New York.
Speaking of the Big Apple, Neil finished first at the New York Pro in 2022, and stamped his ticket to the prestigious Mr. Olympia competition.
Later in the year, Neil walked on the Mr. Olympia stage (where the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman once dominated), and fulfilled his lifelong dream!Advertisement
Currey ultimately finished 16th … but simply making the Olympia means you’re elite.