ELITE bodybuilder Rich Piana has died more than two weeks after he was placed in an induced coma – with his estranged wife paying a touching tribute to her ex.

Fellow bodybuilders and fans had spoken of their shock this morning amid previously unconfirmed reports Piana had died after collapsing from a possible overdose.

Piana died in hospital early on Friday morning.

Neither Rich’s partner or company have confirmed his death but hundreds of tributes were earlier posted on social media as rumours swirled.