ELITE bodybuilder Rich Piana has died. According to his estranged wife who said she was “in tears” as she paid a touching tribute to her ex.
Fellow bodybuilders and fans had been spoken of their shock this morning. Amid previously unconfirmed reports Piana had died, after spending more than two weeks in a coma following a possible overdose.
Rich reportedly collapsed as his girlfriend Chanel Jansen cut his hair earlier this month. The social media star, placed into an induced coma after suffering “a medical emergency”, TMZ Sports reported. Law enforcement sources told the celebrity news website. “Emergency personnel responded to a possible overdose call at Piana’s home on Monday afternoon”. His girlfriend tried to catch him when he collapsed in the bathroom. While unable, due to his giant size.
According to TMZ, she was instructed by the 911 operator to perform CPR on the former bodybuilding champ. Unable to revive him. Police later revealed they found bottles of testosterone and white powder in the house. Chanel admitted to responders that he had been juicing for more than 20 years. Last week Chanel, forced to respond to earlier rumours that Rich had died.
She posted a picture of the pair on instagram with the caption: “I just want to be clear [Piana] is STILL ALIVE. All myself and his family are asking for is positive thoughts, prayers, and love.”
Piana, who has competed in and won several bodybuilding competitions over the years. Making headlines last year when he openly admitted to taking steroids. He revealed his fitness regime consists of a massive steroid cycle. Nine meals a day, a series of workouts not fit for the average human being. According to one profile, “protein shakes big enough to drown a toddler in”. Piana explained how he takes great care with his steroids use. Understanding the importance of “on/off cycles”. Believing nobody in the competitive bodybuilding industry can compete without using performance enhancing drugs.
He said: “If you have the choice to stay natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body, you’re hurting yourself. “If you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what – you’re probably going to have to f***in’ do ‘em. You’re not going to have a choice”. The winner of bodybuilding competitions in Los Angeles in 2003 and Sacramento in 2009. Piana said the secret to his success was his honesty. He said: “Coming out, talking about steroids, just being straight up with people. I think people trust me.” While Rich Piana was completely honest, alternatives to steroids work well also. Legal steroids are safe not toxic to your system.
Piana has taken the internet by storm in recent years. While his ripped social media posts, work out plans and supplement business.
While Rich no longer competed in bodybuilding competitions. Having a massive following online with more than 1.2million followers on Instagram. Whom he inspired to push their bodies to greater feats. Keen to capitalise on his large fan base, he had launched several business ventures along the way. Earning money through merchandise, supplements and endorsements. In 2016, he launched a “bigger by the day” challenge. While promising fans they would gain 30lb of muscle if they followed his diet and workout routine.