In the late afternoon, 4:05 local time, on January 17 Greg Plitt was fatally struck by a Metrolink train while he was walking on the track in Burbank, California for an unknown reason. Plitt had previously filmed workout videos on train tracks. A train passenger reported that he saw Plitt holding a camcorder in his hand prior to when he was hit. The law enforcement that was on the scene of the accident confirmed that a camcorder was seized as evidence, but it is unknown whether or not it belonged to Mr. Plitt.
The authorities have stated that Plitt’s death does not to be a suicide and looks to be accidental. A friend of the deceased has stated that Greg Plitt was filming an advertisement for a protein supplement shake at the time of the accident. Despite this statement and the found camcorder, Sgt. Scott Meadows of the Burbank Police Department has said to the media that no filming permit had been issued.
Jamie Eason wrote on Facebook:
I am in disbelief and heart broken to hear of Greg Plitt’s passing today. frown emoticon 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.
We couldn't take our eyes off Greg Plitt after we cast him on "Work Out"-was as nice as he was beautiful. Seemed invincible, like Superman
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 18, 2015
After leaving the military, Plitt, who was a US Army Ranger, began working as an authority in the fitness world. He was also an actor who appeared in Days of Our Lives and in movies like 10,000 BC, and Terminator Salvation. Greg Plitt also was a fitness model who graced the covers of hundreds of magazines.
Part of Mr. Plitts work as a fitness expert and trainer included posting videos of exercise tips and techniques on YouTube. His videos have gained millions of views and have become even more popular in the hours following his tragic death.
Condolences have come streaming in from members and fans of the fitness world and celebrities that have worked closely with Plitt.