Greg Plitt was famed for his buff body and success on reality TV until, at only 37, the Bravo star was killed by a train. The freak accident happened when Plitt, known as a popular fitness model as well as a reality TV actor, was fatally wounded by a Metrolink train in Burbank, California, on Saturday, reported People.
Sgt. Scott Meadows from the Burbank Police Department described Plitt’s death as an accident, discounting rumors that it was a suicide.
“It does not appear to be a suicide. A camera was seized as evidence but it’s unclear who it belongs to – the victim or a witness. From the sound of it, he was filming something, but I can tell you that no filming permit had been issued.”
Well-known for his fitness expertise, Plitt showcased his talents on two Bravo shows, Work Out and Friends to Lovers. He previously was a U.S. Army Ranger after graduating from West Point in 2000.
Fitness videos previously posted reveal Plitt working out by train tracks, as shown below.
Plitt was known for his YouTube videos. He had more than 150,000 YouTube subscribers, reported the Telegraph. As a result, those who built their daily workouts around his bodybuilding and fitness videos now want to pay tribute.
Prior to his death, Plitt was filming an ad, reported Access Hollywood (via Yahoo! News). He was making a protein shake commercial, according to writer and fitness model Jamie Eason.
Social media tributes to Plitt have expanded, from YouTube homages to Facebook to Twitter. Jamie expressed her sorrow on Facebook, just one of many on social media.
“Greg had so many great things going on in his life right now, so to have his life end so quickly, hit by a train as he was filming a spot for his protein shake, is just gut wrenching!”
When asked why the train had not alerted Plitt that he was standing on the tracks, Sgt. Chris Canales of the Burbank Police Department explained that the conductor had attempted to do so.
“According to several eyewitnesses, the conductor did see Mr. Plitt standing on the tracks, and sounded the train’s whistle several times prior to impact. Unfortunately, he did not move out of the way of the train.
“There was a security camera close to where the accident occurred. Detectives will be looking at that footage as part of their investigation into what happened.”
Reality TV king Andy Cohen posted his thoughts on Twitter when he learned about the tragedy, referring to having cast him in Work Out.
“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.”
As tributes to Plitt were shared across social media, however, some blasted Cohen for what they viewed as an insensitive response.
“really? this is your only tweet about his death? not even an rip? and then you tweet thanks to tons of fans? so tacky. #RipGregPlitt”
“DUDE I LITERALLY said the same thing to @Andy on Facebook and he blocked me. I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees the problem.”
“Like you said what @Andy was a tad bit awkward. The man died don’t make it about his LOOKS.”
As the Inquisitr reported, however, Cohen is known for pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable, such as his famous Plead the Fifth game when he probed Gwyneth Paltrow about her use of hard drugs.
What do you think? Did Andy post a thoughtful response to the Bravo star’s death, or was it insensitive? Post your comments below.
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