High profile bodybuilder Rich Piana is reportedly in a coma following a steroids overdose.
PROFESSIONAL bodybuilder Rich Piana is reportedly fighting for his life after an overdose at his Florida home.
The 46-year-old was placed into an induced coma this week after suffering “a medical emergency”, TMZ Sports reported.
Law enforcement sources told the celebrity news website: “Emergency personnel responded to a possible overdose call at Piana’s home on Monday afternoon.
“When they arrived, Piana was unresponsive and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed into a medically induced coma.”
Details of his condition remain unclear.
Piana, who has competed in and won several bodybuilding competitions over the years, made headlines last year when he openly admitted to taking steroids.
He revealed his fitness regimen consists of a massive steroid cycle, nine meals a day, a series of workouts not fit for the average human being and, according to one profile, “protein shakes big enough to drown a toddler in”.
Piana explained how he takes great care with his steroids use, how he understands the importance of “on/off cycles” and why he believes nobody in the competitive bodybuilding industry can compete without using performance enhancing drugs.
He said: “If you have the choice to stay natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body, you’re hurting yourself.
“If you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what — you’re probably going to have to f***in’ do ‘em. You’re not going to have a choice.”
The winner of bodybuilding competitions in Los Angeles in 2003 and Sacramento in 2009, Piana said the secret to his success was his honesty.
He said: “Coming out,…