Rich Piana admits taking steroids. Still want to be a bodybuilder kiddies?
Celebrity bodybuilding champion Rich Piana has died two weeks after he was placed in a medically induced coma.
The 46-year-old’s death was confirmed on Friday morning in a Facebook post by his estranged wife Sara Piana.
She wrote: “I’m in tears writing this that @1dayumay has just passed away.
“I can barely believe this… I am so saddened & heartbroken that he didn’t make it.”
Piana, a former Mr California, collapsed at his home on 10 August while having a haircut, TMZ reported.
He was rushed to hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.
His girlfriend, Chanel Jansen, shared an update on 17 August.
She wrote: “The worldwide outpouring to send Rich voicemails and messages to have played or read to him is overwhelming! We can’t thank you all enough for your continued support during this time.
“The only update I’m permitted to give at this time is that he is alive, he is okay, and the excellent medical professionals here as well as myself and his close loved ones are doing all we can to get him back to a full recovery.”
Piana had more than 1.2 million followers on his Instagram page and posted images of his physique as well as bodybuilding advice on social media.
Last year, he admitted using anabolic steroids over long periods to help him gain muscle mass.
In a YouTube video in April 2016, 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****** do ’em. You’re not going to have a choice.”
Bottles of testosterone were found by police at his home, according to TMZ.
It was unclear what caused his collapse.
“Unclear?” An autopsy report should make it clear that illegal drugs have claimed another life. From women doing lip surgery, boob jobs, and butt implants to men and their muscle building drugs, America is the most narcissistic, foolish culture in the history of the world.
Deadspin’s obituary provides an in-depth look at the big man who was in terms of muscle larger than life. Here’s an excerpt.
Piana was outsized in every way. His death makes sense from a logical standpoint: He was a leviathan of a man whose heart strained just from waking up in the morning. His organs were bloated and fatigued from his unusually heavy steroid cycles, which he famously posted for all to see. Bodybuilders, even ones much smaller than Piana, don’t typically make it long enough to become AARP members.
His passing is shocking anyway. Maybe it’s because Keith Richards types—people who defy the odds of their lifestyle to outlive those who do boring stuff like jog and eat boiled chicken breast—are so lionized. The few pickled humans who roll lucky on the longevity odds get so much attention that the mean outcome can be shocking.
He was far from a perfect man. Months before his death, a decade-old recording of a virulently racist rage-filled tirade to an ex-girlfriend surfaced. In the year before, he slap-boxed a learning-disabled Youtuber who had ordered a massive harassment campaign on Piana and his then-wife. In short, he had done some things you may expect from a SoCal guy who looked like he did.
Rich Piana apologizes for a racist outburst that was on audio tape. He blames an ex-girlfriend for the scandal. Every other word in the video is the F-word.