Renowned Fitness Expert Fatally Struck by Metrolink Train in Burbank | NBC Southern California

Renowned Fitness Expert Fatally Struck by Metrolink Train in Burbank



    Famous bodybuilder, actor and motivational speaker Greg Plitt was killed by a Metrolink train in what police believe was an accident. Melissa Etezadi reports from Burbank for Today in LA on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (Published Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015)

    A renowned fitness expert was struck by a Metrolink train and killed in Burbank, California, on Saturday, authorities said.

    Police identified the victim as Greg Plitt, a bodybuilder, inspirational coach, actor and model. Investigators said they believed his death was an accident based on their preliminary investigation.

    He was featured in a new Bravo reality series that premiered Monday, Jan. 12, called “Friends to Lovers.”

    Plitt was struck about 4:05 p.m. on the tracks at Front Street, just north of the Burbank Metrolink Station, according to Lt. Leo Bauer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Transit Services Bureau.

    Plitt was pronounced dead at the scene, said Burbank police Sgt. Scott Meadows, who said the fatality "was not clearly a suicide" and remained under active investigation.

    Metrolink reported that he was hit by train 268 on the Antelope Valley Line. The train was southbound, according to Burbank police.

    A former U.S. Army Ranger, Plitt grew to fame as a fitness guru, model and motivational speaker. His physique was used as the model for a computer-generated character in the 2009 movie "Watchmen," according to Popular Mechanics.

    Plitt had previously worked out next to, and even on, train tracks, according to videos he posted to the Web.

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