A fitness model and Bravo reality TV star, who appeared multiple times on the cover of fitness magazines, has been struck and killed by a train in Southern California. George Plitt Jr., 37, who went by the name “Greg” in his professional life, had been filming on train tracks when the deadly accident occurred.
Plitt was filming with two other men on the Front Street tracks located north of the train station in Burbank on Saturday afternoon. Sgt. Scott Meadows of the Burbank Police Department said the model was struck by a Metrolink train traveling southbound with 185 passengers on board.
It has not been determined what the three men were filming on the tracks, but Plitt had previously filmed some of his exercise videos on train tracks. Meadows confirmed that there had been no filming permit issued for that location. A witness who was on the train when the accident happened told ABC7 that the reality TV actor was holding a video camera when he was struck. People is reporting that police have confirmed that “a camera was seized as evidence.” Whether the camcorder taken was the 37-year-old’s camera is unknown.
The model and actor, who appeared on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives on NBC and the Bravo reality show Work Out, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a West Point graduate who spent five years in the Army as a Ranger after his graduation, and who had appeared on the cover of or in editorials for over 200 magazines, among them Men’s Fitness, Maxim and Men’s Health. He modeled for clients such as Calvin Klein, Old Navy and Under Armour. He attributed his interest in fitness to his father, who purchased a home gym when Plitt was in 6th grade, and to his sister, whose physical transformation upon joining the Navy served as an inspiration to the Bravo star.
Plitt, who lived in Los Angeles, was certified as a personal trainer. In 2012, he received the MET-Rx athlete of the year award. He also authored a workout program called MFT28, which was featured by Bodybuilding.com. The fitness expert also worked as the global spokesperson/model for ICE*Men and Thierry Mugler’s Angel Men fragrances in addition to appearing in television commercials for companies such as Bowflex and Old Spice Body Wash.
Witnesses told investigators that Plitt remained on the track after the Metrolink train’s horn began sounding, said Sgt. Chris Canales, who also said that the train struck the actor at approximately 4:05 p.m. Officials have ruled out the possibility that his death was a suicide.
Plitt will appear on an episode already shot of the new Bravo show Friends to Lovers, which premiered on Monday, in just a few weeks. His last movie, The Best Thanksgiving Ever, for which he had already filmed his role, is currently in post-production and is scheduled to be released this year.
Bravo TV host Andy Cohen tweeted on Saturday that Plitt “was as nice as he was beautiful.” The Bravo network released a statement in which they called Plitt’s death a “sad tragedy,” and extended their sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased star.
By Jennifer Pfalz