Joe Weider, the founder of bodybuilding empire and mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, has passed away of heart failure at the age of 93.
Weider was famous for creating the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest, launching actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career.
Arnold paid tribute to his mentor, stating, “I knew about Joe Weider long before I met him – he was the godfather of fitness who told all of us to ‘Be Somebody with a Body.’ He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions. When I was a young boy in Austria, his muscle magazines provided me with the inspiration and the blueprint to push myself beyond my limits and imagine a much bigger future.
“Joe didn’t just inspire my earliest dreams; he made them come true the day he invited me to move to America to pursue my bodybuilding career. I will never forget his generosity.
“As my career took off, he was always nearby, giving advice… He was there for me constantly throughout my life, and I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with his extraordinary wife, the love of his life, Betty, and all of his family and friends.”
He is survived by his second wife Betty Brosmer, his daughter Lydia Ross and her three grandchildren.
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