The inquiry surrounding the death of celebrity bodybuilder Rich Piana has made a shocking discovery.
At the age of 45 on August 25 this year, Piana passed away after spending two weeks in an induced coma.
While receiving a haircut from his girlfriend Chanel Jansen, Piana collapsed and hit his head. He was put into a coma in an attempt to reduce swelling to the brain.
The autopsy revealed that Piana had been suffering from a ‘significant heart disease’.
In fact both his liver and heart weighed over twice the average amount for an adult male.
Unfortunately, due to the hospital discarding blood samples taken from Piana when he was admitted, the autopsy was unable to conclude the exact cause and manner of death.
TMZ Sports have today reported that the death report contained details about Piana snorting lines of pre-workout powder.
Unclear whether this contributed to his death, the inquiry describes how the white powder was discovered by investigators at the apartment where Piana suffered from his ‘medical emergency’.
When detectives spoke with Piana’s girlfriend, she told them that the powder was a pre-workout powder called Con-Cret which was advertised as being a high-caffeine booster.
Our issues aside there was a time I loved this man @1dayumay . I married him for no other reason than LOVE. Unfortunately for reasons I won't get into at this time, I felt I had to get away and left with nothing but the clothes on my back. I know he loved me and I know he was upset when he posted that video about me but no matter what he said out of hurt, I still don't wish this on him. I truly hope he makes it through this dark time and I know if anyone can, it's him. I know he's surrounded by love and support and I will continue to send prayers his way?? … This picture I took of him at Gold's NoHo symbolizes his attitude in life or staring death in the face. #WhateverItTakes #RightBabe #Yep #NeverGiveUp #Fight #FuckWhatYouThink #5PercentersForLife #RichPiana #PositiveVibes #StayStrong #PrayForPiana @5percentnutrition
Jansen told police that she didn’t believe there was anything suspicious or illegal about the powder which Piana would regularly snort.
TMZ also allege that 20 bottles of steroids were found in the bodybuilder’s apartment.
Piana was open about using steroids and said that he was aware they would do damage to his body, but admitted in his view it was a risk he was willing to take.
Piana’s previous partner Sara Heimis, who he was still legally married to at the time of his death despite their separation, was one of the first people to break the news about his death.
She wrote in a tribute on Instagram:
I’m in tears writing this that @1dayumay has just passed away. I can barely believe this… I am so saddened & 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 heart 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… Rest in peace my dear husband.
I'm in tears writing this that @1dayumay has just passed away. I can barely believe this… I am so saddened & 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 heart 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 1 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 & telling everyone "how it is, being REAL & doing your thing". Rest In Peace my dear husband. #GoneButNeverForgotten #RichPiana #RIP ? ??❤️. P.S. I want to wish my deepest condolence to Chanel @c_no5 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 & spirit Rest In Peace Forever??. 1970 – 2017. XOXO Sara Piana. . . . #Repost @1dayumay (@get_repost) ・・・ Great weekend together @sara.piana and I had some nice time together since we didn't film the Bigger By The Day videos over the weekend!! It was some much needed quality time together!! Your time is everything and make sure you spend it right it's something you can't get back! #welcometoourworld #whateverittakes #livinthedream #loveitkillit #1dayumay #richpiana #queenofbeautykingofbeast #love #whateverittakes
Piana’s girlfriend Jansen also shared a touching tribute on the social media site saying:
I will always remember how much I love holding his hand.
I will always remember how I felt so loved when he would wake up and kiss me on the forehead.
I will always remember how I had it great with the love of my life.
I will always remember I was loved by the most amazing man I’ve ever known.
I will always remember there’s a hole in my heart where he will always belong.
I will always remember that someday when it’s my time-he will fill that space inside me and I’ll be whole again.
I will always remember how much I love holding his hand I will always remember how I felt so loved when he would wake up and kiss me on the forehead I will always remember how I had it great with the love of my life I will always remember I was loved by the most amazing man I've ever known I will always remember there's a hole in my heart where he will always belong I will always remember that someday when it's my time-he will fill that space inside me and I'll be whole again ❤ We just finished watching the Notebook yesterday and I said 'That's how it was supposed to be. We were supposed to go together. So when it's my time someday-come find me and take me where we're supposed to go because I don't want to go anywhere without you' @1dayumay #loveofmylife #myoneandonly #illbeseeingyou #ilovedyoutheniloveyounowiloveyoualways #richpiana #livelaughlove #respect #love #peace #positivevibes #positivevibesonly
Rest in peace Rich Piana.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.