Terrance Kincaid death, McDowell titans running back from Marion, NC passed away suddenly

Terrance “Buggy” Kincaid.
McDowell titan, Terrance “Buggy” Kincaid passed away


The sports community is reeling from the sudden and heartbreaking loss of a talented athlete, Terrance “Buggy” Kincaid. His passing has left a void that cannot easily be filled. The loss of such a vibrant player, filled with potential and a promising future in the sport, has deeply impacted those who knew him and those who followed his journey.

Though gone too soon, his impact on the sport will endure as a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of life and the enduring legacy left by those who touch the hearts of many.

Terrance “Buggy” Kincaid passed away 

It has been confirmed that Terrance Kincaid aka “Buggy” tragically passed away on January 15, 2024, bringing forth an unexpected and deeply saddening piece of news. Losing an athlete is an immense and heartbreaking loss that no words can truly encapsulate. 

In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are extended to Buggy’s family, friends, and all those who held him dear.

Cause of death

Reports suggest that his death might have been drug-related, although no official cause of death has been disclosed. The precise details surrounding his tragic passing are not yet revealed, underscoring the importance of honoring and respecting his family’s privacy during this difficult time of mourning.

May his family find comfort and strength amidst this profound sorrow. The sports community and beyond unite in offering support, love, and solidarity during this challenging time. The memories of Buggy’s spirit, passion for the sport, and his presence will forever be cherished.

Who was Terrance Kincaid?

McDowell High Athletic Hall of Fame, Terrance Kincaid was a great football player as well as a basketball player. Kincaid was one of the best male athletes in the McDowell High school history, a standout performer on the court as well as the gridiron.

As a senior, Kincaid ran for a school record 2,654 yards and 27 touchdowns on 300 carries, earning him a spot on the Associated Press All-State first team.

He was also selected twice as an All-Northwestern 4A Conference player. After completing his two-year varsity tenure with 4,810 yards and 47 touchdowns on 535 carries, he became the school’s all-time leading rusher.


Kincaid holds the top five single-game rushing totals in the McDowell High school’s 50-year history, including a record-setting 382 yards against East Rutherfordton in his junior year, despite missing his sophomore season due to a knee injury.

Additionally, with a career average of 218.6 rushing yards per game and an almost unbelievable 45.3 yard average (47 touchdown runs totaling 2,129 yards) for average career touchdown run distance, he holds state records for both in North Carolina.

In basketball, Kincaid was the conference tournament MVP as a senior and was twice selected to the All-NW4A team. Along the way, he contributed to the Titans winning two conference tournament titles, the NW4A regular-season championship, and a trip to the West 4A Regional championship game.

Kincaid scored 15.3 points on average as a senior, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 steals, made 58% of his field goals, and had the most assists—8.3 per game—in the state. He ended his varsity career with 995 points, 382 assists, 434 rebounds, and 220 steals.


  • 2007 AP First Team All-State running back. (300 rush attempts 2,654 yds, 27 TDs) MHS all-time leading rusher (535 attempts, 4,810 yds, 47 TDs).
  • Top single-game performance (382 rushing yards) vs East Rutherford in 2006.
  • He held the records for North Carolina’s career average touchdown run distance (45.3 yards) and rushing yards per game (218.6) in the recent year.

Tributes to Terrance Kincaid:

LindaandVaughn Shirlen posted,

It is so tragic to see someone so young lose his life. Rest in peace Terrance Kincaid aka Buggy, a great athlete.

Alíx Williams wrote,

R.I.P. Buggy Terrance Kincaid. Our hearts ache for you and your family. You will always be legendary. No one could play ball like you!

Brittany Martin posted,

“There will always be a profound sense of loss for what could have been.”

My thoughts and prayers are with the Kincaid family, and everyone who knew and loved Terrance Kincaid.

Ashley Boykin posted,

Hearing of this loss has absolutely stunned me as I’m sure it has anyone who knew him. He was such a wonderful person and hands down the best athlete I ever seen play. He dominated no matter what sport it was. Rest easy Terrance Kincaid

Jordan S. Dalton wrote,

I don’t even know what to say.. He was more than just a ball player to all of us who grew up with him.. I just want everybody to know how great of a PERSON he was not just an athlete although he’s 1 of 1 as far as that goes also . Love ya bruh and I’ll never forget how you always looked out for me when we were out anywhere..Rest in Paradise homie Bug Tuss Terrance Kincaid praying for his family and all of us that knew him.


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2 thoughts on “Terrance Kincaid death, McDowell titans running back from Marion, NC passed away suddenly”

  1. Titans, McDowell Titans, with a capital T. And to put on here his cause of death, and to state that it was drug-related, ruins and tarnishes the reputation of someone who was loved in our community. We are all feeling this loss in some way, and for you to throw in accusations, strips away any dignity he had left. How dare you slander him.

  2. Dear Kincaid Family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Terrance Kincaid, or Buggy as he was affectionately known by many. He was a wonderful person who touched the lives of everyone he met with his smile, his humor, his loyalty, and his kindness. He was not only an amazing athlete, but also an amazing human being who gave others respect and dignity. He was a true friend and a role model to many.

    I am sure many will cherish the memories they have of him, and none of the lives he touched will ever forget how he made them feel. He was a bright light in this world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of those who loved him. He made a great impact on not just a school, but a whole community of different people from all walks of life.

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am here for you if you need anything. May God comfort you and give you peace during this difficult time.

    With love and sympathy,
    Joshua Vaughan


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