Last October, McClure entered a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge against his now-ex-wife.
He was sentenced to a year of supervised probation, drug abuse therapy, and a mental health assessment, as well as any recommended counseling.
McClure was the nephew of former Cup team owner Larry McClure and raced in the Xfinity Series for the majority of his career.
Over 14 seasons, he made 288 starts, with the best finish of eighth at Daytona in 2013. He last competed in a race in 2016. His family said in a statement, “The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former Nascar driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday,”
“They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”
Due to health problems, McClure’s career was cut short. He had at least two concussions during his career, and the Chilhowie, Virginia native later said he was left with lingering headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, depression, and forgetfulness as a result.
McClure said he was diagnosed with acute renal failure in 2013 and was being treated for kidney failure in both kidneys in 2019.
His death was not defined in any detail. McClure had only shared on social media on Saturday. Nascar said in a statement, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and [team] owner Eric McClure. Nascar extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends,”
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/378S81SPx2