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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s heartfelt tribute to Franco Columbu

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s heartfelt tribute to Franco Columbu.

The news about the death of legendary bodybuilder Franco Columbu brought the bodybuilding and fitness world to its knees.

Franco passed away on 30 August, 2019.

Read More: Franco Columbu dies in tragic accident

His best friend Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was devastated by the news of the death of his best friend.

Arnold and Franco traveled to the USA together over 54 years ago to live their dreams.

The two managed to stick together all through their lives.

From bodybuilding to politics and acting, these two legends proved the American Dream truly exists.

Immediately after the dreaded news about the death of Franco was known to Arnold, the 7X Mr. Olympia winner wrote a heartfelt tribute to his life long friend.


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,


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