He continued, “That’s my advice to everyone out there. Do your research and learn as much as you can about anything before you do it. There’s always a better way to do something. If you have the choice to do natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids. You’re only hurting your body and hurting yourself. But if you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what? You’re probably going to have to f—— do them. You’re not going to have a choice — you’re going to have to do them. That’s the boat I was in. I was competing on stage and I was getting to point where I was going to keep getting blown off the stage if I didn’t do them. So I took that step and that’s the road I chose. And here I am.
Rich’s death comes just days after Dallas McCarver ’s unexpected death. The 26-year-old bodybuilder known as “Big Country” passed away on Aug. 22, after he was found unconscious in his Florida home. Just like Rich, someone attempted to revive Dallas (in this case, his friend) but it was no use. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Dallas’s girlfriend, WWE Superstar Dana Brooke , 28, mourned the loss of her love online. “ You were my life, you are my life. I still …feel [your] presence. Never leave my side!”