LEGENDARY BODYBUILDER FRANCO COLUMBU DIES AT THE AGE OF 78


Franco Columbu, the former Mr. Olympia  died on August 30 just over three weeks after his 78th birthday.Columbu died in a hospital in his native Sardinia on Friday afternoon after being taken ill while he was swimming in the sea. 

Franco won Mr. Olympia way back in 1976, the year after Arnold retired from the famous bodybuilding competition. Franco again won in 1981, the year after Arnold's comeback win.


The former Mr.Olympia was Arnold Schwarzenegger's closest friends. 

Arnold said goodbye to Franco with a heartfelt message on his twitter handle writing,

"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."   


During his career, Columbu won Mr. Olympia, Mr. Universe, Mr. World, Mr. International, Mr. Europe and Mr. Italy. In 2009, Columbu was also  awarded the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award. 




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