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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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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."

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