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.

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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.