Legendary bodybuilder Rich Piana, whose relentless dedication to the sport and support of the bodybuilding community, died August 25, 2017. He was 46 years old.
Known for his willingness to do whatever it takes, Rich Piana began his journey in bodybuilding at the young age of 11, competing in his first event at 15. Over the past 10 years, a community of over 1 million people have followed Rich on his social media and YouTube journey to becoming the best he could possibly be.
Honesty, openness, and total support for his community is only part of what catapulted his stardom. Signature mantras such as “If you Love It, KILL IT” and “Being a 5%ER is all about doing Whatever It Takes!” is the mentality that he not only followed himself but also wanted to instill in the 5% Nation. To his loving fans, he will always be remembered as someone they could trust, count on and look up to. He will be remembered as a friend.
Rich’s legacy will continue to inspire the bodybuilding community for years to come as someone who sacrificed whatever it took to achieve his goals and inspired others to do the same. Even in his passing, the 5% Lifestyle will live on and the seed he has planted in so many of us will continue to grow: to be that 5% that strives for and achieves every single goal that’s set.
Legendary bodybuilder Rich Piana, whose relentless dedication to the sport and support of the bodybuilding community, died August 25, 2017. He was 46 years old. Known for his willingness to do whatever it takes, Rich Piana began his journey in bodybuilding at the young age of 11, competing in his first event at 15. Over the past 10 years, a community of over 1 million people have followed Rich on his social media and YouTube journey to becoming the best he could possibly be. Honesty, openness, and total support for his community is only part of what catapulted his stardom. Signature mantras such as “Love It, KILL IT” and “Being a 5%ER is all about doing Whatever It Takes!” is the mentality that he not only followed himself but also wanted to instill in the 5% Nation. To his loving fans, he will always be remembered as someone they could trust, count on and look up to. He will be remembered as a friend. Rich’s legacy will continue to inspire the bodybuilding community for years to come as someone who sacrificed whatever it took to achieve his goals and inspired others to do the same. Even in his passing, the 5% Lifestyle will live on and the seed he has planted in so many of us will continue to grow: to be that 5% that strives for and achieves every single goal that’s set.
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
This man has changed my life, put food on my family's plate and gave me an opportunity when I was a nobody. He saw in me potential and placed his belief in me. I strongly believe that if it wasn't for Rich I wouldn't be doing what I am today. The film's have come along as my success under 5% has grown. Words can not explain what love and respect I have for @1dayumay. He was a special man and his name will live on. The family has lost its dad, but we are strong and I know with my passion and love for the team and the strength of my team we will rise and grow. Rich planted a seed, I will make sure that seed flourishes into the most amazing flower! We are far more than a company. We are a family ! I have had many hours of deep conversation with Rich and I know exactly what this company means to him! What's insane is it was 2 years ago in Vegas he told me his plans for me. To now be back 2 years later, without the man by my side to do this, just know I will make you proud brother. Thank you for all you have done for me, I will never forget you and your 'whaaat up' miss you brother so much already. God best have some big ass weights up there for you and Dallas sure has taken 2 of the best from us. #mymate #toosoon #family #hero #bossman #1dayyoumay
Today I lost a older brother, good friend and mentor and the world lost a Icon.. Sitting here and putting my emotions into words - fuck! Cant believe your gone, for real I thought it was only a matter of time before you would pop up on youtube with that fuckin "Good morning goddamn it", but that aint the case.. your gone and I miss you already! I love you like a brother and I will be forever grateful for the chance you gave me by putting me on your team and believing in me, straight out of prison giving me the chance to build myself up with your guidance of not going the same way as other people but staying true to myself and who I really am. I will honor your memory and build on your legacy! Thank you for all the good times we had.. Ill see you on the other side! @1dayumay #brother #family #rip
We never really think of those that are around us will pass. Today bodybuilding lost a great man. I am deeply sadden by the loss of my good friend @1dayumay I will never forgot the times we shared. Rich was more than a bodybuilder, he was a creator. A man so large but yet so grounded to those who were around him. My deepest wishes go out to his family and friends. RIP 🙏🏾
With heavy hearts we say "I'll see you soon " @1dayumay a great man with a huge heart. Always there for the athletes and his fans. Great memories we will share for years to come. A legend never dies. Today our #5percentnutrition family's hearts are sad but we know you're in a better place watching over us, telling us to KILL THE FUCKING WEIGHTS AND EAT REAL FOOD GOD DAMN IT. Everyone wishes they could leave some sort of legacy when their time comes, and too often their time comes too early. One thing for sure; Rich leaves not just a legacy, but a mature business and a fan base most would kill to have. Have no worries as you're looking down from above, the team... The 5% Family will carry on, delivering your message and spreading the passion as you did so well. Rest In Peace, Rich Piana. #RipRichPiana 🙏🏽 our deepest condolences to his beautiful girlfriend @c_no5 and to the amazing Jane Piana 🖤 . @tylermeverett @grettavitta @gtfitness4l ♥️
I've been having a hard time thinking of what to write from being shaken up of the sudden news. Words can't express how much this man means to me and what he has done not only for me but for so many. He has always believed in me and showed nothing but support for me as well as others he met along his journey. He always took the time out of his life to take pictures and didn't matter who you were wether you were another fitness celebrity or just someone off the street. I thank you for all your kind words and I know big Rich would want us to keep moving on and spreading his words he stood by . He has touched so many lives and will keep touching them where he is now. My thoughts and prayers are with his family right now and let's all please give them some time to mourn. Sorry if I don't reply to all the messages I will be taking a couple days away from social media but thank you in advance for your kind words. RIP brother. You will be forever remembered! 🙏
One of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and I was lucky to call him a friend for 25 years. Being together just days before and talking about doing so much together. All I can think today is as Rich and I were joking around and excited for the future, there is nothing more important than today and the time you share with family and friends. Please call your friends and love ones today. Tell them you love them and please live in the moments with them. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Rich showed us all to: be original and never settle; Live with passion and chase your dream. Rich you will always be my Barbarian brother! The world and I will miss you brother #richPiana
Today when I was training, it hit me that Rich was gone. I knew him very well and travelled the world with him during his time with MUTANT. We ate and trained together, and spent many hours talking about life and our goals. He told me stories about his past, and his plans, and gave me a lot of advice along the way. He was one of those "seen it all, done it all" guys, who never ran short of some crazy story about something he'd seen growing up in LA and being around Bodybuilding his whole life. Even though he led a full-speed ahead lifestyle, he was very wise to how life can treat you and he believed that if you want anything in life, you have to get off your ass and go fucking get it. He had finished bodybuilding and was just enjoying training daily at North Hollywood Gold's when MUTANT signed him. Within months he was the most viewed bodybuilder on YouTube, and he was no dummy to want to take control of it with his own brand and all that. He took the second chance he got, and capitalized on it to the max, eventually building himself into the most recognized guy in the entire industry. He had a reckless side, but I think all high level athletes and successful business people have that in some form. I can only hope that Rich was proud of all the people he inspired and motivated along the way. He gave a lot of himself to his fans, and something that nobody can ever take away from him is his work ethic. I remember standing at the booth with him at the expos and he would go almost the entire day without taking a bathroom break because he just hated leaving his line of fans. He would stand there all fucking day if that's what it took to meet every single one of them. He understood what it was all about and I will never forget him. Rich was one of a kind. I'll miss you buddy. I'll miss seeing you at the shows and hearing you say "Hey Big Man let's get a picture!!" I remember him calling me when he heard I turned pro and congratulating me. I could hear his sincerity in his voice. I won't forget it. In a world where millions of fans wanted to know him, I'm thankful that I actually got to be his friend. #1dayumay #richpiana
RIP @1dayumay. Thank you for being a vital part of my journey and helping me to keep pushing forward. I'm truly grateful and will continue doing whatever it takes to never ever give up. Sleep with the Angel's. #lovelifeallways #killit #welcometomyworld🌎 #blessing #positive #mental #attitude #MRNOEXCUSES #richpiana #livelaughlove #respect #love #peace #positivevibes #positivevibesonly