Bodybuilding guru,fitness industry God father and mentor of Arnold Schwarzenegger Joe Weider died of heart failure on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles.
He was 93 and is survived by his wife Betty ,his daughter and three grandchildren. Joe Weider was born in Montreal, Quebec(Canada) to Jewish parents.
Joe Weider established a magazine empire like Muscle and Fitness, Shape and Men’s Fitness. Apart from this he was a manufacturer of a line of fitness equipment and fitness supplements. He sold his magazine empire to American Media Inc. in early 2000.
Joe Weider’s contribution is immense in body building and he is credited to make it popular worldwide by launching number of magazines on body building.
He was the co-founder of International Federation of Body Builders(IFBB) along with brother Ben Weider and creator of the Mr. Olympia, the Ms. Olympia and the Masters Olympia bodybuilding contests.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been discovered by Joe Weider.
Today, I lost a dear friend and mentor. My statement on the passing of Joe Weider: http://t.co/lnQBmHzNOL
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 23, 2013
Arnold Schwarzenegger said “Joe Weider was a titan in the fitness industry and one of the kindest men I have ever met. He leaves behind a fantastic legacy of a fitter world . Very few people can claim to have influenced as many lives as Joe did through his magazines, his supplements, his training equipment and his big-hearted personality. ”