'Godfather of fitness' dies at 93

Fitness and bodybuilding icon Joe Weider died today aged 93, his publicist said. Arnold Schwarzenegger paid tribute to him by calling him the "godfather of fitness".

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Arnold Schwarzenegger pays tribute to Joe Weider

Arnold Schwarzenegger Credit: Alessia Paradisi/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Arnold Schwarzenegger has paid tribute to fitness and bodybuilding icon Joe Weider, who died yesterday at the age of 93.

In a statement, Schwarzenegger said: "Today, I lost a dear friend and mentor, and the world lost one its strongest advocates of living a healthy lifestyle.

"Joe Weider was a titan in the fitness industry and one of the kindest men I have ever met."

"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."

Bodybuilding icon Joe Weider dies aged 93

Fitness and bodybuilding guru Joe Weider died today aged 93. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Fitness and bodybuilding icon Joe Weider died today aged 93, his publicist said.

Weider, who created the Mr Olympia bodybuilding contest and mentored a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, died of heart failure, Charlotte Parker said.

The bodybuilding guru built a magazine empire that included publications such as Muscle and Fitness, Shape and Men's Fitness.

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