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Chanel Jansen said she knew Rich Piana struggled with addiction in the past, but thought he was clean now. Instagram/Chanel Jansen

Bodybuilder Rich Piana remained in a medically induced coma Monday, a week after he collapsed at his Florida home and hit his head. Girlfriend Chanel Jansen tried to catch him, but was unable to stop his fall due to Piana’s massive size.

While Piana is arguably more famous, Jansen is a social media star, too. She has more than 76,000 followers on Instagram and thousands of people view her videos on YouTube. She describes herself on IG as a videographer, photographer and world traveler.

She also goes by the name Chanel Renee. No one from Piana’s camp has spoken out about his health except for her.

Jansen was giving the bodybuilding champion a haircut when he suddenly collapsed last week, TMZ reported Saturday. The fitness model called 911 and was instructed to give Piana CPR, but she could not revive him.

Piana was open about his steroid use. Twenty bottles of testosterone were found in the house. He was apparently juicing for more than two decades.

The social media star, who boasts more than 1 million Instagram followers, said it was necessary to dope when competing in bodybuilding.

“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,” he said in an April 2016 YouTube video. “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.”

While it was highly suspected by some Piana collapsed from his long-term steroid use, he might have lost consciousness because of an addiction to opiates.

First responders discovered crushed up white powder, a credit card and a straw, TMZ wrote. Medics administered two doses of Narcan, which is typically used to revive people who overdosed on opiates.

Jansen knew her boyfriend struggled with opiate addiction in the past, but said she thought he was clean. When Piana didn’t regain consciousness, he was rushed to the hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.

Terez Owens was one of the first blogs to write about Piana’s apparent addiction. “Besides steroids, Rich would inject himself with oils to enhance his muscles as it just wasn’t steroids. We also are hearing it was opiates that got the better of him,” they wrote Friday.

Jansen took to Instagram Friday after phony stories claimed Piana died. She did not mention opiate use.

“I will not be posting any updates after this until further notice. I just want to be clear [Piana] is STILL ALIVE,” she wrote. “All myself and his family are asking for is POSITIVE thoughts, prayers, and love. PLEASE I’m BEGGING you all to have some respect and realize how EXTREMELY difficult this is for us. Thank you to all of you staying positive and sending well wishes, prayers, and love. We appreciate it more than you will ever know.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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