Bodybuilder Rich Piana has died at the age of 46 after spending nearly three weeks in a coma, according to his estranged wife.
The reports follow his two week stay in hospital, where he has been in a coma after a reported overdose.
His wife Sara Piana wrote 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'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??. 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
Her post continued:
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!!!
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
She finished off the tribute by writing:
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.
There has been an outpouring of love and respects for the bodybuilder on social media:
RIP Rich Piana
Gone too soon brother. What a sad day, can't even believe it's true…truly heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/rzg4N5r30B
— JAMES MOONEY | GC™ (@JamesMooneyGC) August 25, 2017
RIP Rich Piana. Even though he looked pretty intimidating, anyone that knew the real him knew he was one of the nicest guys in the industry.
— ROB TRAMONTE | GC™ ⌖ (@RobTramonte) August 25, 2017
Rich Piana had openly been taking steroids since he was a teenager and fell ill in his home in Florida on August 10.
His wife described a ‘medical emergency’ before his death.
This is the second body builder death in a week, after Dallas McCarver died aged just 26 after reportedly choking on food.