Rich Piana, the well-known bodybuilder, and former Mr. California have died two weeks after being placed in a medically induced coma. He was 46.
Piana’s estranged wife Sara Piana first announced his passing in a Facebook post on Friday morning, after a week of conflicting rumors about his health status.
The District Six Medical Examiner in Florida confirmed that Piana passed away early Friday morning at the hospital, TMZ reported.
‘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,’ Sara Piana wrote in a Facebook post announcing her estranged husband’s death.
Australian bodybuilder Calum Von Moger also paid tribute to Rich Piana on Instagram: ‘This has been a sad week for the fitness world. Reminds our life is short. Life is precious.’
Piana, who has admitted using steroids in the past, collapsed in his home on August 10 and was placed in a coma.