Why did he not go to doctors on a regular basis his arteries in his heart were narrowing and the heart was to big for the chamber and his brain was swollen and his lungs were full of fluid ,that’s a lot of things working against him and I was lucky enough to wake up one morning in 2004 and could hardly breath and went to emergency room and 90 percent of my arteries were blocked and they rushed me into surgery and put stents in my heart and I also did a lot of street drugs while doing my career and very grateful to be alive .I never weighed as much as Rich and his heart was working very hard to pump blood but it makes sense that the head injury is to blame and I really don’t care about the toxicology report I’m friends with his mom and wtf why are people still talking shit and now his mom has to relive this nightmare all over again have some respect Rich was a man who chose his journey in his life like myself I’m just lucky to be alive today .I constantly tell guys I work with to get blood work and have the hearts checked out at least once a year and people have to realize steroids are cholesterol binding in the heart and clogged the arteries,it’s common sense and people chose to ignore this all together .
In the 1970s, bodybuilding had major publicity thanks to the appearance of Arnold Schwarzenegger , Franco Columbu , Lou Ferrigno , and others in the 1977 docudrama Pumping Iron . By this time, the IFBB dominated the competitive bodybuilding landscape and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) took a back seat. The National Physique Committee (NPC) was formed in 1981 by Jim Manion ,  who had just stepped down as chairman of the AAU Physique Committee. The NPC has gone on to become the most successful bodybuilding organization in America, and is the amateur division of the IFBB. The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the decline of AAU-sponsored bodybuilding contests. In 1999, the AAU voted to discontinue its bodybuilding events.