Bodybuilder ‘fighting for his life after overdose

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PROFESSIONAL bodybuilder Rich Piana is reportedly fighting for his life after an overdose at his Florida home.

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Emergency services reportedly responded to a drug overdose call on Monday at Piana’s home in Florida

The 46-year-old was placed into an induced coma this week after suffering “a medical emergency”, TMZ Sports reported.

Law enforcement sources told the celebrity news website: “Emergency personnel responded to a possible overdose call at Piana’s home on Monday afternoon.

“When they arrived, Piana was unresponsive and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed into a medically induced coma.”

Details of his condition remain unclear.

Piana, who has competed in and won several bodybuilding competitions over the years, made headlines last year when he openly admitted to taking steroids.

He revealed his fitness regimen consists of a massive steroid cycle, nine meals a day, a series of workouts not fit for the average human being and, according to one profile, “protein shakes big enough to drown a toddler in”.

Piana explained how he takes great care with his steroids use, how he understands the importance of “on/off cycles” and why he believes nobody in the competitive bodybuilding industry can compete without using performance enhancing drugs.

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Piana was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed into a medically induced coma.Source:Facebook

He said: “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.”

The winner of bodybuilding competitions in Los Angeles in 2003 and Sacramento in 2009, Piana said the secret to his success was his honesty.

He said: “Coming out, talking about steroids, just being straight up with people. I think people trust me.”

Piana has taken the internet by storm in recent years, with his ripped social media posts, work out plans and supplement business.
While Rich no longer competes at bodybuilding, he has a massive following online with over 1.2 million followers on Instagram — who he inspires to push their bodies to greater feats.

Keen to capitalise on his large fan base, he has launched several business ventures along the way, and earns money through merchandise, supplements and endorsements.

In 2016, he launched a “bigger by the day” challenge, which promised fans they would gain 30lb of muscle if they followed his diet and workout routine.

This story first appeared on The Sun.

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