Rich Piana, the well known bodybuilder and former Mr California, has died two weeks after being placed in a medically induced coma. He was 46.
Piana’s estranged wife Sara Piana first announced his passing in a Facebook post on Friday morning, after a week of conflicting rumors about his health status.
The District Six Medical Examiner in Florida confirmed that Piana passed away early Friday morning at the hospital, TMZ reported.
‘You truly touched many people’s heart and helped so many!!! It inspired me in many ways to see the huge impact you had on people all over the world,’ Sara Piana wrote in a Facebook post announcing her estranged husband’s death.
Australian bodybuilder also paid tribute to Rich Piana on Instagram: ‘This has been a sad week for the fitness world. Reminds us life is short. Life is precious.’
Piana, who has admitted using steroids in the past, collapsed in his home on August 10 and was placed in a coma.
His partner, Chanel Jansen, phoned 911 and reported that the he had suffered a possible overdose, law enforcement officers said in a statement.
‘When they arrived, Piana was unresponsive and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed into a medically induced coma’ according to a TMZ report.
Last week, Jansen took to social media to shoot down rumors that Piana had died on August 14.
‘PLEASE i’m BEGGING you all to have some respect and realize how EXTREMELY difficult this is for us,’ she wrote, adding that she would not be posting further updates ‘until further notice’.
Jansen remained silent on her Instagram account within several hours of the news of his death emerging on August 25.
Piana previously came forward to the public admitting he had been spending thousands of dollars a month on anabolic steroids, which assisted him in enhancing his ardent bodybuilding career and lifestyle.
In a YouTube video he posted last year, Piana said he took steroids on-and-off over the course of 27 years, and advised his followers against the same unhealthy routine, while ultimately backing up his decision.