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Administrator. Graeme
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Since lesbians and poofs were given a voice on youtube


And feminists.


You’ve heard me say that I don’t like when people call me a self-made man.

You’ve even heard me say that you’re part of the reason I could never accept that label.

But I wanted you to know why.

From the minute we met in Munich, you were my partner in crime. We pushed each other, we competed with each other, and we laughed at every moment along the way.

When I finally got to America, I was alone. I’d left my family, my country, my whole life behind. So when I asked Joe Weider to bring you to train with me, it was because I knew I wasn’t the same without my best friend. I could thrive without money, without my parents, but I couldn’t thrive without you.

I am devastated today. But I am also so, so grateful for the 54 years of friendship and joy we shared. The pumps, the chess games, the construction work, the meals, the pranks, the life lessons - we did it all together. We grew and we learned and we loved. My life was more fun, more colorful, and more complete because of you.

I will always miss you. But I’ll also know that a part of you lives on in me, in Debbie, in Maria, and in the millions of people you inspired every day you lived. And I will be there for Maria and Debbie, so you can rest now with no worries.

I love you Franco. I will always remember the joy you brought to my life, the advices you gave me, and the twinkle in your eye that never disappeared. You were my best friend.

Love always,

Samir Bannout.
Sorry to hear that Arnold, I am VERY SAD for this shocking news...I really looked up to Franco as well & both of you were my biggest influence in bodybuilding... may his soul R.I.P. he will be missed!! [emoji24][emoji24]
Bodybuilding Legend [MENTION=9598]Franco[/MENTION]columbu just passed away at the age of 78 [emoji29][emoji120][emoji173]
He died in a boating accident in Italy
He was 2x Mr.Olympia (1976, 1981) - One of the best Bodybuilders of All-Time! [emoji123]
Arnolds best Friend & Training Partner
Powerlifter, Boxer, Weightlifter, Strongman - he did it all!
Super funny and Awesome Human Being
His best Lifts were:
655lbs Squat
525lbs Bench Press
750lbs Deadlift
(All at just around ~185lbs Bodyweight)
Long Live the Sardinian Strongman Franco Columbu! [emoji885]