Greg Plitt, one the most successful and recognizable fitness personalities in the world, passed away yesterday after he was hit and killed by a train.
Plitt, 37, was reportedly filming a video on train tracks near Burbank, California.
In addition to his work in the fitness industry, Plitt appeared in a number of movies and television shows during his career, most notably on the Bravo reality show Work Out. Below is a statement from FitnessRx For Men Publisher Steve Blechman.
Greg appeared on the FitnessRx cover at least a half a dozen times over the years, more than any other model. Each cover was better than his last. Why? Because he cared! He was intense, and always part of the creative process with me and my photographer. His mind was always thinking … “How can we do it better than before?” He was a hard working perfectionist with the vision, passion and drive to be the best he could be! He was also the utmost professional to work with. I would call him on the phone and say “Greg, when can you do another photo shoot?” He would say “Steve, whenever you want!” He was always in shape!
I will miss my phone calls and future photo shoots with Greg. Thanks Greg, for all the great work over the years. You were an inspiration to many. You will be dearly missed my friend, but never forgotten!!! God rest your soul.
Some reactions from social media from some of the world’s top fitness personalities:
To simplify Greg Plitt as the top fitness model, actor and motivator would be equivalent in saying Michael Jordan was a guy that played some basketball. Greg inspired millions worldwide with his intensity, passion, charisma and amazing ability "light a fire" in even the coldest of souls. He constantly drove home the message that working out is not life, it is merely a metaphor on how to live life. Meaning you must find a way in those 60 minutes each day to surrender all your pride, all your ego all your fears in order to create a blank canvas of where the success of life are built.. If you asked Greg if he knew he was going to die tomorrow, how would he spend his final day?? He would most certainly tell you "Exactly what I am doing today, carpe diem" That was Greg, he lived life to the fullest, he made his dreams a reality, and he wanted more than anything to inspire all of his fans to do the same… RIP brother.. #gregplitt
I am deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of my friend and teammate Greg Plitt. I was looking forward to working with him in a few weeks at our first appearance together for 2015. Greg was by far one of the hardest working, self-motivated and inspirational individuals I have ever met. I will never forget how passionate he was when he was talking to fans- he had a way of making you believe anything was possible if you wanted it bad enough. That life was too short to wait around wishing for things to happen- to go out there and take a chance. I will miss hearing about your crazy adventure stories, the next big business project and just joking around at the shows. I am forever grateful for all of the personal and business advice you have given me over the years. You were an amazing human being. Rest in peace
I am in disbelief and heart broken to hear of Greg Plitt's passing today. :( He was always someone who would go the extra mile for his friends and he loved the fitness industry like no other! Greg had so many great things going on in his life right now, so to have his life end so quickly, hit by a train as he was filming a spot for his protein shake, is just gut wrenching! Michael and I will miss you greatly, dear friend! We are praying for everyone you have left behind. There will be a void in the fitness industry and the whole world without you. :( Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. #heartbroken #rip #gregplitt #dearfriend #heavyheart #terribleloss #fitnesslegend
REST IN PEACE. It's a sad day for me today as it's been confirmed that my friend Greg Plitt has passed away. I competed with Greg in Miami ( 2004 ) at Fitness Universe Model competition and worked with him on several modelling gigs through Silver Models in NYC. He was an inspiration to millions and one of the coolest guys I've ever met. There is never a dull moment with Greg Plitt. NEVER! I can vividly remember one of our modelling gigs in Philadelphia. We we're booked to model for a gladiator theme scene in Philly. We joked and laughed the whole time driving up to Philly from New York. It just goes to show that were all on burrowed time. You have to make good use of your time in a positive way. Greg made great use of his time to motivate millions including myself. You're a true Iron Warrior my friend. You will truly be missed but not forgotten. My deepest respect and condolences to his family and close friends. RIP my friend. GREG PLITT ( 1977 – 2015 ) ____________________ "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass……it's about learning how to dance in the rain" – Greg Plitt