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14 April 2024

Model struck, killed by train while filming on the tracks

George Plitt Jr. featured on the cover of numerous fitness magazines. (Facebook)

By Reuters

Fitness model and television actor Greg Plitt was struck and killed by a commuter train in Burbank, California, on Saturday while filming on the tracks, police said on Sunday.

Plitt, who starred in Bravo network shows 'Work Out' and 'Friends to Lovers,' was hit by a Metrolink passenger train and pronounced dead at the scene, said Burbank Police Sergeant Chris Canales.

Plitt, 37, was among three people doing the filming, but no one else was hurt, Canales said. Suicide was ruled out, he said.


George Plitt Jr. and two other men were filming north of the Burbank train station Saturday afternoon when Plitt was hit by a southbound train carrying 185 people, Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Meadows said.

It was not immediately clear what the men were filming.

"This is a very sad tragedy," Bravo said in a statement on Twitter. "Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Greg's family and friends."

Plitt had done previous filming on railroad tracks doing pushups and other fitness routines, according to promotional videos posted online.


The rail line where he was filming on Saturday is partly fenced and is supposed to be off-limits to the public, Canales said.

Plitt was described on his website as an “actor, model, entrepreneur and motivational speaker” who had appeared on more than 250 fitness magazine covers. He had sponsored many fitness-related products, the website said.

Plitt was an actor on the 'Days of Our Lives' daytime TV drama and was seen in several movies, including 'The Good Shepherd' and 'Terminator Salvation,' according to the website.

Plitt was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He served five years in the Army after graduating from West Point, the website said.