Jay Cutler, a former bodybuilder and trans advocate, died on Wednesday at the age of 45, his publicist told Reuters.
The Chicago Tribune said that Cutler died from complications from heart failure, a spokesman said.
The bodybuilder was born in Chicago in 1964 and has won several world bodybuilding championships.
In 2006, he became the first trans man to win a major bodybuilding title, and in 2011 he was crowned a World Champion.
He was a champion in 2011 and 2012 and was also a World Team Member in 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, he won the International Championships for Bodybuilding and Gymnastics, which were held in France.
Cutler won the first international competition for the bodybuilding and trans community in 2009.
He lost to former world champion David Schultz.
In a statement, his family said he had battled depression, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
He had worked for years as a bodybuilder for Bodybuilders International.
“Jay’s legacy lives on as champions and champions’ champions, bodybuilders who overcame the odds, who overcame discrimination and the pain of the disease that killed him,” the statement read.
Cutler’s bodybuilding career included appearances in the Bodybuilding magazine and World’s Strongest Man competition, and he was featured in a number of videos.
He won the 2010 International Championships, a title he lost in the finals.
The next year, he was the first man to compete at the World Championships, which was held in Berlin.
He did not compete at his own world body championships in 2013.
His first appearance at the International championships was in 2011.
Cutler was the son of the late Dr. John Cutler, an American transplant surgeon and the founder of the Bodybuilders Association of America.
His father died in 2005.
He became a regular commentator on television and was active on social media, particularly on Twitter.
He also wrote for various sports magazines.
In an interview with ABC News in 2017, he said he did not want to become a professional bodybuilder because he wanted to “get back to my family”.
The Chicago native, who was born Leonard Cutler, is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and two children.
“He was my inspiration, my hero, my inspiration in the sport of bodybuilding,” said his son, Jay Cutler Jr. “I think the whole world would be a better person for Jay’s death.
It is a great loss.”
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