BODYBUILDER and NPC/IFBB judge Jerry Ward has died suddenly at the age of 46.
Promoter Gary Udit confirmed the tragic news in a post on July 22.The cause of Jerry Ward’s death has not yet been made official[/caption]
Udit said in an Instagram post: “Sadly we lost a terrific friend today with the passing of Jerry Ward.
“Jerry died suddenly last night. He was here in Pittsburgh commentating on the Live Stream of the NPC Teen, Collegiate and Masters Nationals.
“In the NPC and IFBB PRO LEAGUE over the years Jerry was an excellent competitor, judge, expediter, head judge and PPV commentator.
“His knowledge of the sport of Bodybuilding was unparalleled.
“Jerry was liked and loved by everyone he came in contact with.
“We are devastated at his passing.”
The cause of death has not yet been made official.
Ward was widely known for his love of bodybuilding and his wide knowledge of the sport.
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He recently served as a commentator for Udit’s 2022 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters National in Pittsburgh, PA.
Just a few hours before he died he had share a video on his YouTube channel.
According to Rx Muscle’s Dave Palumbo, Ward was complaining to a friend that he thought he pulled a left rib.
Palumbo said he thought the injury was caused after carrying luggage to where he was staying while undertaking his recent livestream duties.
He added Ward had used a massage chair but thought the problem with his rib felt worse after.
A friend of Ward, Rich, had told him to get it checked out by a doctor but Ward decided to sleep it off instead, Palumbo said.
Rich texted Ward to remind him to show up for the livestream duties on Saturday but Udit told him that Ward had died.
As well as his successful career as a bodybuilder, Ward had built up a large following online thanks to his YouTube channel which had 155,000 subscribers.
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Ward also owned a successful supplement brand and personal training program called Bios3 Training.
The bodybuilder leaves behind his wife Erin Merritt.