Celebrity bodybuilder and former Mr. California Rich Piana passed away after collapsing and hitting his head while getting a haircut from his girlfriend in August.
Following a two week induced coma that ultimately failed to reduce the swelling in his brain, Piana died at the age of 45.
Some speculate that his use of steroids might have played a role in his untimely demise although the initial autopsy returned inconclusive results.
It did, however, reveal that Piana had gotten into the habit of snorting his pre-workout powder (for those not in the know, it’s a supplement people take for an extra boost of energy before exercising) according to TMZ.
Nothing indicates that this unusual snorting habit had anything to do with his collapse or subsequent death but it does shed light on the bodybuilder’s life and routine leading up to his death.
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. I just want to say THANK YOU Rich for teaching me so much about life, whether it was the easy or the hard way. We had our ups and downs but we sure had an awesome time in each other’s presence along with us fighting through some dark times together. 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. Not many people know that me and him are STILL legally married till this day despite all rumors. I have NOTHING to gain by saying that but want everyone to know the truth. I know that people say stuff on social media but I truly am not the “bad” person people think I am. I actually saved Rich’s life 1 time before, glad I was there for him at that time. Rich, I hope you feel better now in heaven and that you’re up there healthy, smiling & telling everyone “how it is, being REAL & doing your thing”. Rest In Peace my dear husband. #GoneButNeverForgotten #RichPiana #RIP 😢 🙏🏼❤️. P.S. I want to wish my deepest condolence to Chanel @c_no5 and thanking her for being there for him, loving him & showing him support. You’re an angel. We will all miss him so much, may his soul & spirit Rest In Peace Forever🙏🏼. 1970 – 2017. XOXO Sara Piana. . . . #Repost @1dayumay (@get_repost) ・・・ Great weekend together @sara.piana and I had some nice time together since we didn’t film the Bigger By The Day videos over the weekend!! It was some much needed quality time together!! Your time is everything and make sure you spend it right it’s something you can’t get back! #welcometoourworld #whateverittakes #livinthedream #loveitkillit #1dayumay #richpiana #queenofbeautykingofbeast #love #whateverittakes
Piana was an admitted user of steroids, discouraging fellow lifters from using them for a competitive edge at the risk of the toll they take on your body.
“If you have the choice to do steroids or stay natural, stay natural,” he said in a video. “There’s no reason to do steroids. You’re only hurting your body and hurting yourself.”