Celebrity bodybuilder Rich Piana dead at 46.
The fitness world is in mourning following his death. He was known for his honesty and huge social media followings.
Posting a message on Instagram his estranged wife Sara Piana said: “I’m in tears writing this that @1dayumay has just passed away. I can can hardly believe this… I am so saddened & heartbroken that he didn’t make it.”
Rich, who has more than 1million followers on Instagram , had been placed in the coma earlier this month. The 46-year-old, who had admitted to taking steroids since he was a teenager, fell ill at his home in Florida on August 10.
All his friends and devastated fans have paid tribute to him on social media.
James Mooney, owner of Gunsmith Clothing, wrote on Twitter: “Gone too soon brother. What a sad day, can’t even believe it’s true…truly heartbreaking.”
Personal trainer Josef Rakich added: “OMG…so sad, I am in shock.”
Mr Piana’s wealth is estimated to have been boosted massively by the growth of social media in recent years – to a staggering $2.5million (£1.9million).
His workout plans and ripped social media posts gained alot of eye, especially on Instagram.
Rich used to ate NINE meals a day as well as drinking huge protein shakes, according to his posts last year.
Each of his videos routinely got 200,000 or more views on YouTube – despite each being around an hour in length.
Just days after he was placed in the coma, his girlfriend insisted he was “alive and fighting” and urged people to send “positive thoughts”.
Chanel Jansen said: “I just want to be clear Rich is STILL ALIVE. All myself and his family are asking for is POSITIVE thoughts, prayers, and love.”
Rich Piana was best known for his physically huge size – developed through gruelling workouts, massive meals and drug taking, he started bodybuilding at 15, famously admitted in 2016 to taking steroids since he was a teenager.
He was one of the most honest Bodybuilder Alive with a very huge fan following. BodyBuilding world would not be the same for his fans now for sure. REST IN PEACE RICH..!