Eric McClure, former NASCAR driver, dies at 42 – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Weather Indiana
(CNN) – Former stock car driver Eric McClure has died aged 42, NASCAR reported on Sunday.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department in Virginia confirmed McClure’s death to CNN. Emergency personnel were called to McClure’s home on Sunday morning where they found his body.
His body was sent to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke for an autopsy, Washington County Sheriff Blake Andis told CNN.
No cause of death was provided and McClure was active on social media as recently as Saturday.
McClure raced in NASCAR for 14 years between 2003 and 2016, primarily in NASCAR’s second tier Xfinity Series. McClure has competed in three races in the top tier cup series in his career.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of former pilot and owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends, ” NASCAR said in a report.
McClure has experienced serious health issues in recent years, as he explained to Bristol Herald Courier in 2019. McClure told the newspaper after a series of serious health issues he was diagnosed with a severe musculoskeletal disorder. These disorders “are injuries or disorders of muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and spinal discs”, according to the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention.
“A doctor told me I had rhabdomyolysis. It put me on compartment syndrome and complete kidney failure, ”McClure said in 2019.
After undergoing dialysis and several surgeries to save his limbs, McClure began to show signs of improvement, according to the Herald Courier, although he said he still felt numbness in his extremities.
“I’m sorry to hear of the death of NASCAR driver Eric McClure,” tweeted Republican Virginia Morgan Griffith. “He and his family have long been South West Virginians. My condolences to his loved ones.
McClure was the father of seven children, all girls, NASCAR.com Reports. His marriage to Miranda McClure ended with their separation, according to NASCAR.com, and as of October 2020, McClure did not dispute the domestic violence misdemeanor charges arising from a 2018 incident with his wife.