UPDATE 8/11/2017 4pm EST: According to Rich Piana’s girlfriend, Chanel Jansen, Rich is alive but fighting for his life. Sources are telling TMZ that Jansen was with Rich when he collapsed and hit his head, at which point she administered CPR until help arrived. At that point, Rich was transported to a nearby hospital where he was put into a medically induced coma. “I want to be clear that Rich is STILL ALIVE. All myself and his family are asking for are POSITIVE thoughts, prayers, and love.”, Jansen said.
TMZ is reporting the YouTube sensation and bodybuilder, Rich Piana, was placed in a medically induced coma earlier this week following an overdose. According to TMZ, law enforcement officials informed them that EMT’s responded to a call at Rich Piana’s Florida home earlier this week to what was reportedly a medical emergency caused by an overdose of an unspecified substance.
The 46-year-old bodybuilder is well-known within the fitness & bodybuilding communities, and has a substantial following on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook – over 1 million followers on Instagram in particular. He’s famous for his eccentric “Whatever It Takes” & 5%’er lifestyle that he presents to his fans. In recent years, he also started his own supplement line and sponsored “5%’er Athlete” coalition.
Undoubtedly, this is very difficult news for his fans to hear. We wish him the best, and hope that he is able to pull through this ordeal and, if the the overdose component of this story becomes a verified fact, wish him the best in his efforts to overcome whatever substance issues he’s currently grappling with.
It’s not clear what Rich’s current status is, and we will continue to update this story as we receive information. For those unfamiliar with Rich Piana, here is a video from his YouTube channel where he can be seen working out with Thor “The Mountain” Bjornsson of Game of Thrones Fame.