Rich Piana, a professional bodybuilder, is “alive and fighting for his life,” according to his fitness model girlfriend, Chanel Jansen. Piana was found unresponsive in his Florida home after falling and hitting his head, TMZ reported. Chanel attempted to give the 46-year-old bodybuilder CPR. When medical personnel arrived, they rushed Piana to the hospital. It was here that he was placed in a medically induced coma.
Following the incident, rumors swirled that Piana died from an overdose. However, Jansen quickly took to Instagram to clear up the rumors. Chanel posted a photo of herself posing with Piana.
“I will not be posting any updates after this until further notice. I just want to be clear [Piana] is STILL ALIVE,” she wrote. “All myself and his family are asking for is POSITIVE thoughts, prayers, and love. PLEASE I’m BEGGING you all to have some respect and realize how EXTREMELY difficult this is for us. Thank you to all of you staying positive and sending well wishes, prayers, and love. We appreciate it more than you will ever know.”
Piana previously came forward and admitted to the public that he had been spending thousands of dollars a month on anabolic steroids, according to the Daily Mail. The drugs, according to Piana, has assisted him in enhancing his ardent bodybuilding career and fitness lifestyle.
While there was no official report that Piana has overdosed, several publications have reported this as being the cause of his collapse, according to International Business Times. None have been officially verified.
Piana is open about his steroid use and once said it was necessary to compete in bodybuilding. In a 2016 YouTube video, Rich discussed steroid use in the professional bodybuilding industry.
“If you have the choice to stay natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body, you’re hurting yourself… If you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what – you’re probably going to have to f***in’ do ’em. You’re not going to have a choice.”