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'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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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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