Rich Piana death report states that he snorted pre-workout powder
Bodybuilder Rich Piana suffered a fall and hit his head back in August, being placed into a coma and passing away. He was found to have heart disease, as well as a staggeringly huge liver, twice the weight of a normal, healthy human liver. The new release of a death report, however, has revealed that the 45-year-old was found comatose with a powdered substance in his home, a 'pre-workout powder'.
These supplements take effect during a workout, like a major boost of caffeine or a jolt to the system. The problem is that it takes a serious toll on the heart, and the nervous system. It exhausts the body.
In his apartment in Florida, a total of 20 bottles of steroids were found. On the topic of steroids, Piana once said: "If you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what - you're probably going to have to f***ing do 'em. You're not going to have a choice."
The sports website Deadspin once reported that: "His steroid doses are so big that other bodybuilders make videos pleading with him to stop". He also allegedly eats nine meals a day, and that is how he became such a tank of a man.
At the time of his death, Rich Piana's wife wrote on Instagram:
"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."
What do you think? It's a sad story of a man who harmed himself to attain a massive body. Age 45 is too young to go. It's a cautionary tale for others, to not destroy yourself for the sake of your goals. Don't juice, don't push your heart beyond its limit. For body-builders, though, I'm not sure how to address the pain. If you want to become a human tank, you have to do absurd things. Maybe it's just not worth it at all.