Bodybuilding superstar Rich Piana was placed in a medically induced coma after he collapsed at his Florida home in front of his girlfriend Monday afternoon.
Piana, 46, who has an enormous following on social media, lost consciousness and hit his head as he fell and is now fighting for his life.
His partner, Chanel Jansen, phoned 911 and reported that the former Mr. California had suffered a possible overdose, law enforcement officers said in a statement.
‘When they arrived, Piana was unresponsive and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed into a medically induced coma’ according to a TMZ report.
Jansen released a statement today regarding Piana’s current medical state.
‘I just want to be clear [Piana] is STILL ALIVE,’ Jansen wrote to Instagram. ‘All myself and his family are asking for is POSITIVE thoughts, prayers, and love.’
Piana previously came forward to the public admitting he had been spending thousands of dollars a month on anabolic steroids, which assisted him in enhancing his ardent bodybuilding career and lifestyle.
In a YouTube video he posted last year, Piana said he took the drugs on-and-off over the course of 27 years, and advised his followers against the same unhealthy routine, while ultimately backing up his decision.
‘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 said.
‘But if you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what? You’re probably going to have to f***ing do them, you’re not going to have a choice. That’s the boat I was in.’
Piana conceded that he began feeling immense pressure to intensify his routine at after he started getting booted offstage during shows.
‘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,’ he added.
‘But you know what? I’m happy with everything I chose and happy with the way that everything went in my life and I would not have done anything different.
‘I’m completely happy with the choice that I made to start taking steroids at an early age of 18.’
Jansen wrote in the post that she and his family are ‘asking for is POSITIVE thoughts, prayers, and love’
After he announced the steroid cycle last year, Piana disappeared from the blogging world for a month, leaving followers concerned
After he announced his past steroid cycle, Piana vanished periodically from the blogging scene, tipping off his viewers that he may have gotten into some sort of legal trouble or was possibly hospitalized. He later returned without explanation.
He has repeatedly referred to his slogan of ‘Whatever It Takes,’ when discussing the risky lengths he would go to succeed in the muscle-building business.
Also last year, Piana and his wife, Sara Heimis, announced their decision to separate after nearly one year of marriage.
Piana released a video accusing Heimis of marrying him so she may obtain a Green Card.
In the video, he also alleges she stole money from him.
Piana and his then wife, Sara Heimis, announced their decision to separate in November 2016
Piana and Heimis were married for about one year before they decided to call it quits
Despite the fallout, Piana posted a loving message to his Instagram page, reflecting on the pair’s time spent together.
‘I believe the time has come to announce that and I are no longer together. It was a crazy wonderful more than anyone could imagine year together!! A fairytale life, but we do have our differences as all couples do and we both decided together that this was the best scenario! he wrote to his Instagram page, beneath a photo that read ‘King and Queen’ of the two.
‘We are still friends and both agree this is the best choice for us. I felt it necessary to announce this on social media because we were together 24/7 so as soon as anyone sees us not together the first question is ‘where’s Sara’ about 20 people asked me that very question today at the gym and when I say we are no longer together it’s a 20 min conversation.
‘Whatever happens in life you have to be strong and keep pushing forward and Sara is a very strong girl and we will both keep pushing forward and being the best we can be in every aspect of life!’