Other pitchers on the cusp of a no-hitter have been crushed in similar ways—Armando Galarraga, Pedro Martínez, and Harvey Haddix are here for you, Rich—but Hill’s defeat is particularly tough to swallow. Hill, a guy whose entire career has been a series of false starts and has just now found his footing in his late 30s, pitched the game of his life last night. He’s 37 years old and still has trouble fitting in starts between blister outbreaks on his pitching hand. I’d bet my right and left leg that Hill will never again be as good as he was last night. Look at his face as Josh Harrison’s homer slips over the left-field wall—he understands exactly what just happened.
“Steroid abuse changes the body’s cholesterol profile and puts the user at increased risk of heart disease and heart attack. In the case of Rich Piana, he could have had a general weakness of the heart muscle due to his longterm steroid abuse or it could have been a sudden death type of arrhythmia, meaning the heart just stops suddenly,” Internist Dr. Irving Sobel, MD tells EXCLUSIVELY. Rich was getting his hair cut by Chanel when he suddenly collapsed at their Florida home and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors placed him in a medically induced coma but sadly he didn’t make it.