In a horrible example of irony, fitness expert, former Army Ranger Captain, Calvin Klein model, and actor Greg Plitt was stuck and killed by a train on Saturday, January 17. Plitt was on the tracks with a film crew when he was hit by the commuter train around 4 p.m. in Burbank, California. Burbank Police Sergeant Chris Canales said that police have ruled out suicide as the cause of Plitt’s death.
Greg Plitt was from Lutherville, Maryland, and became interested in fitness at a young age. He was very inspired by his older sister’s transformation in the Naval Academy. Plitt went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York, qualified as Airborne and Ranger. He served as an elite Army Ranger for five years, advancing to the rank of Captain before retiring from the service.
The list of things that Greg Plitt did and was a part of is quite extensive. In addition to his distinguished service career, Plitt was a professional skydiver (with over 2,500 jumps to his credit), an accomplished wrestler, a skilled golfer, a personal trainer, a fitness guru, and was the most sought after cover model for men’s health magazines. Greg Plitt’s amazing body graced the covers of major magazines every month for an impressive five straight years, making him the undisputed number one male fitness model in America.
In addition to magazines, Greg Plitt modeled for Under Armor, Calvin Klein, and Old Navy. His renowned physique landed him a number of on camera roles, both on T.V. and the silver screen. He appeared in Bravo’s Work Out and Friends to Lovers, had a small role on Days of Our Lives, appeared in Terminator: Salvation, Grudge Match, and Plitt’s body was the template for Dr. Manhattan of Watchmen, among a laundry list of other acting appearances. Greg Plitt was also a successful motivational speaker and entrepreneur whose business ventures proved very lucrative.
The afternoon of his death, Greg Plitt was allegedly filming an ad for a new protein supplement he had developed. It appears he stumbled and fell in front of the commuter train with a camcorder in his hand, according to witnesses. Police have confiscated this camera, but details have not been released. Bravo’s Andy Cohen expressed his feelings regarding the untimely death of Greg Plitt on Twitter.
“We couldn’t take our eyes off Greg Plitt after we cast him on ‘Work Out’-was as nice as he was beautiful. Seemed invincible, like Superman.”
Greg Plitt, one of “25 Fittest Americans,” “Most Eligible Bachelors,” and “One of the 60 Sexiest Men Alive,” was thirty-seven years old.