Rich Piana Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The District Six Medical Examiner in Florida has confirmed that bodybuilder Rich Piana passed away early Friday morning, according to TMZ.

Several bodybuilders have taken to social media to pay tribute to Rich Piana amid reports he passed away after spending nearly three weeks in a coma.

Friend and fellow social media body building star Bradley Martin posted the following photo with himself and Piana earlier today.


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Piana’s ex-wife Sara confirmed the news: “I’m in tears writing this that @1dayumay has passed away. I can hardly believe this…I am so saddened and heartbroken that he didn’t make it.”

So far, neither Piana’s partner of company have confirmed the reports, but hundreds of other tributes have been posted online.

Professional bodybuilder Dan Fine posted a tribute saying, “RIP to my great brother in iron @1dayumay #richpiana. Love you brother and I know you’re crushing it at the Great Gym in the Sky. You’ve left behind a legion of friends and fans the world over.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Piana Had Been Placed In a Medically Induced Coma

Piana collapsed in his home on Monday, August 7, while his girlfriend, Chanel Jansen, was giving him a haircut. According to Daily Mail, Piana, 46, fell down and hit his head as he fell. Jansen said he became unresponsive and called 911.

When medics arrived, Piana was still unresponsive and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma, according to TMZ.

According to TMZ, Jansen administered CPR to Piana until help arrived.

2. Piana is a Former Mr. California

Piana won Mr. California in 1998. He won the overall with a perfect score.

Piana also placed first in the Sacramento Pro and the Border States Classic XXX Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships in 2009. He took 11th at the NPC USA Championships in 2003 and 7th in 1999. He had a record bench press of 495 lbs.( 3 reps) and record squat of 585 lbs. (2 reps).

According to a Deadspin article, Piana eats nine meals a day along with drinking gigantic protein shakes.

After his competitive days were over, Piana started investing his time in business and acting. Piana started several businesses including a clothing line company, supplement company and a food prep delivery company.

Piana cited his mother and Bill Cambra as influences.

“All those monsters at Golds Gym when I was 6-years-old,” said Piana. ” Bill Cambra was the biggest influence and we are still in touch to this day!”

3. Piana Had a Gigantic Social Media Following

Piana, who posted many pictures of himself training and pictures with his girlfriend, has over 1.2 million followers on Instagram. He also has nearly 1.2 million followers on his Facebook page.

Piana also hosted a YouTube channel, where many of his videos routinely get 200,000 or more views.

In addition to pictures and videos, Piana posts advertisements for his 5% Nutrition products. The mission statement for 5% Nutrition reads as follows:

The 5% Nutrition mission is to provide the best possible supplements for the best possible results to help you be the best possible version of you. Leading ingredients backed by research combined with high end quality, formulated and manufactured in a cutting-edge, technologically advanced facility.

Piana’s net worth is an estimated $2.5 million, according to Mirror.

4. Piana’s Girlfriend Is a Fitness Model

Piana’s girlfiend, Chanel Jansen, who phoned 911 after Piana collapsed, is a fitness model.

Jansen also spent time in Las Vegas as a blackjack dealer on the strip. While she doesn’t have quite the following that Piana has, she has built a large following on her Instagram account as well.

Jansen has her own YouTube channel where she shares videos called “Our Travels,” which highlight vacations that she and Piana spent together.

Jansen’s and Piana’s most recent travel video:

Piana was previously married to Sara Heimis. The two decided to split up after nearly one year of marriage. Piana released a video accusing Heimis of marrying him so she could obtain a green card, according to Inquisitr.

5. Piana Admitted to Taking Steroids Since He Was a Teen

Piana, whose mother was a body-builder in Los Angeles, California, got introduced to the world of weightlifting when he was just 11-years-old, after going to the gym to watch her train, according to Daily Mail. He began weightlifting shortly after, and competed for the first time at age 15.

After a few unsuccessful competitions, Piana turned to steroids to help him bulk up at around age 18.

In one of his training videos, Piana explained his choice, saying, “If you have the choice to steroids or stay natural, stay natural stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body and hurting yourself. But if you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what? You’re probably going to have to f**cking do them, you’re not going to have a choice. That’s the boat I was in.”

“I was competing on stage and I was getting to the point where I was getting blown off stage if I wasn’t going to do steroids, so I took that step.”

Piana estimates that he was spending $2,500 on growth hormone per month, without even taking steroids into account, according to Daily Mail.




Unless you reside in an elite percentile of males who either have the ‘myostatin gene’ or a highly mesomorphic build (say like, a true 1 in 100,000 or higher), your body has a natural limit or ‘watermark’ as I like to call it. It essentially means that no matter how hard/smart you train – techniques, diet, rest, etc., you are only going to go so far. After that…? Rich Piana, and a mile long list of others who gave in to PED’s.

Look at it this way however, that ‘watermark’ isn’t there to prevent you from anything, it is there to give you the maximum functional life span possible.

Remember this line from the movie ‘Blade Runner’ so many years ago?

“The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long…”

A truer statement never spoken —


Lotta republicans in these comments. Thought it was Jesus himself commenting for a second.


Never heard of him. Saw some stuff on YouTube. Pathetically sad individual. Doubt he thinks it was all worth it now.
He looked like he was wearing a bad imitation, Incredible Hulk suit. And his eyes look like they’re on roids bugging out of his head.
Hideous. Who would want to disfigure themselves like that?
If his GF isn’t careful, she’ll be looking as hideous down the road too. Paid a big price for those boobs & face. Probably more.
Hope that’s all she pays.
Those people are some kind of insecure sickies.


he was taking steroids knowing they are harmful, so for that alone, he is no role model. if he was doing other drugs, he really sank his own ship.


For the one who sows to his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption but the one who sows to spirit shall from the spirit reap eternal life


You got that right. This poor lost soul had no clue what life was about. Abused what God gave him & never looked back. Lived for self & self alone.
Well, he certainly knows the error of his ways now.


What a sad day…he started at 21…25 short years later – 46 he died. To me that is a real statement to NOT take them…ever.


Abhorrent and disgusting stature… let me guess, his heart exploded? Terrible that people praise this fool. His influence on prospective LEGITIMATE body builders is shameful!


Yes. Pretty gross to look at. Must have felt as nice as hugging an iron statue.
He obviously couldn’t get big enough to suit himself. And died trying.
Then he says body building wasn’t what his life was all about. LOL. Seriously?
Walking contradiction much? Nice mouth on him too. Low IQ F Bomber.
Hard to feel bad for him.


Well… it’s time for NATURAL Body Building!… and the BANNING of the use of steroids in “Professional Body Building”! Otherwise!… this sends a R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S M-E-S-S-A-G-E to our young prospective builders!
Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!


If you are 130 kilo muscle wall and fall over hitting your head you have a high probability of dying, regardless whether you use hormones or not. Gravity does not discriminate between a kilo of muscle or a kilo of fat.

Paul Simmerman

That’s kind of the part of sports people don’t talk about. Lance armstrong got busted for doping but he wasn’t alone. When people are cheating, you can’t beat them unless you are doing it to. This guy started taking steroids because if he didn’t, he wouldn’t stand a chance. Look at MLB, NFL, a lot of these guys get busted and everybody screams cheater but they wouldn’t even be on the field because juicing is so common that a normal person doesn’t stand a chance.


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