Rich Piana was one of the world’s most famous bodybuilders.
However, his massive, 314-pound physique didn’t come naturally. Last year, Piana wrote on Instagram that over the past 27 years, he had consumed massive amounts of steroids to help perfect his appearance.
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New high of 314lbs!! Ok everyone I have to be honest and say I am miserable at this size and definitely not wanting to continue putting size on! I know I have more than proven my point of how easy it really is to be successful in life at whatever you choose if you are willing to do #whateverittakes and work your ass off 24/7 and #nevergiveup my total gain in muscle is 38lbs in 9 weeks and I'm at 9 meals a day and not even at the craziest part of the cycle!! Going up to 12 meals and adding the tren and anadrol in will just be insane!! Looking at this pic it's very clear to me that I have surpassed what I would call an incredibly insane awesome bodybuilding physique! This is just to much!! My head is ready to explode!! Lol! Tell me what you guys think? I will continue the videos and always motivating the fuck out of you guys but might put the brakes on as far as myself getting any Bigger!! Continue doing "Bigger by the Day" program and definitely need those arm feeders to catch them up to my shoulders!! Just not continue packin on the size!! So everybody else keep going and We will be doing a program on getting off and maintaining all that muscle!! So keep Fucking going God Damn it!! #monstersdoexist #biggerbytheday #bigasfuck #killthatshit #nosuchthingasovertraining #loveitkillit #1dayumay #2016bringingbigback #eatbigtogetbig #nopainnogain #welcometomyworld #5percentnutrition #5150 #killit #realfood #fullasfuck #alldayumay #motivation #inspiration #monstermode
Ok everyone I have to be honest and say I am miserable at this size and definitely not wanting to continue putting size on! I know I have more than proven my point of how easy it really is to be successful in life at whatever you choose if you are willing to do #whateverittakes and work your ass off 24/7 and #nevergiveup my total gain in muscle is 38lbs in 9 weeks and I’m at 9 meals a day and not even at the craziest part of the cycle!! Going up to 12 meals and adding the tren and anadrol in will just be insane!! Looking at this pic it’s very clear to me that I have surpassed what I would call an incredibly insane awesome bodybuilding physique! This is just to much!! My head is ready to explode!! Lol!
According to earlier reports, Piana first dabbled in steroids at 11 years old, when he was going to the gym with his mom, who was a bodybuilder at the time.
When Piana began competing in his own bodybuilding competitions, his steroid use reached a new level.
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The energy of Golds Venice is unbelievable I would always feel like 20lbs bigger when I walk through the doors and get an Insane pump and usually discover a couple new veins popping out somewhere!! Damn I miss that place!! To all the lucky ones Training their now #loveitkillit #enjoythejourney #livinthedream
And although Piana didn’t say he regretted using steroids, he said he wouldn’t suggest his lifestyle to anyone else:
“If you have the choice to do steroids or stay natural, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body and hurting yourself.”
Piana’s continued steroids use, mixed with an addiction to opiates, may have contributed to the 46-year-old’s recent death, TMZ reports.
On August 7, Piana’s girlfriend, Chanel, was cutting his hair when, around 1:30 p.m., the bodybuilder collapsed in his Florida home. According to TMZ, Chanel attempted to catch Piana, but because of his size, she was unable to prevent his head from hitting the floor.
Unable to revive him, Chanel called 911.
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The world wide outpouring to send Rich voicemails and messages to have played or read to him is overwhelming!❤ We can't thank you all enough for your continued support during this time. To those who have been so respectful and come to his defense when others have been disgusting excuses for human beings -THANK YOU! The only update I'm permitted to give at this time is that he is alive, he is ok, and the excellent medical professionals here as well as myself and his close loved ones are doing all we can to get him back to a full recovery. Please continue to remain patient and respectful. This is a very stressful time for Rich and everyone around him so please understand if we're quiet it's with good reason. #myoneandonly #richpiana #loveofmylife #whateverittakes #love #strength #prayersforpiana #positive #5percenters #respect #loyalty #positivevibes #positivevibesonly @1dayumay
Piana was placed in a medically induced coma, from which he never awoke.
His estranged wife, Sara Piana, confirmed his death on Facebook:
I'm in tears writing this that @1dayumay has just passed away. I can barely believe this… I am so saddened &…
I’m in tears writing this that [Rich] has just passed away. I can barely believe this… I am so saddened and 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 hearts 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 one 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 and telling everyone “how it is, being REAL & doing your thing.” Rest In Peace, my dear husband.
P.S. I want to wish my deepest condolence to Chanel and thanking her for being there for him, loving him & showing him support. You’re an angel. We will all miss him so much, may his soul and spirit Rest In Peace forever.
According to TMZ, when first responders arrived at Piana’s home on August 7, they discovered close to 20 bottles of testosterone, as well as a white powdered substance next to a credit card and a straw.
At that time, paramedics unsuccessfully attempted to revive Piana by administering shots of Narcan, the drug used to reverse the affects of a drug overdose.
Chanel said she knew about his addictions, but she said she was under the impression that he had been clean for some time.