Schwarzenegger mourns loss of Joe Weider, 'godfather of fitness'

Montreal bodybuilding guru leaves behind 'fantastic legacy of a fitter world'

Godfather of fitness, Joe Weider is dead at 93

Arnold Schwarzenegger is among those remembering fitness legend Joe Weider, who died Saturday of heart failure. He was 93. "Joe was a titan in the fitness industry and one of the kindest men I have ever met," Schwarzenegger said of the man he called a dear friend and mentor.

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A bodybuilding icon. A fitness innovator. A magazine publisher. A mentor to one of the world’s biggest action heroes. A pioneer. Joe Weider was all those things and more in his 93 years, right up until his death Saturday morning at a Los Angeles hospital.CNN – SMS Updates
REST IN PEACE TO OUR VERY OWN, JOE WEIDER. <a href="" class=""></a>FLEX Magazine
Rest In Peace Joe Weider. His vision led to a great industry as we know it today! <a href="" class=""></a>Cory Gregory
Today, I lost a dear friend and mentor. My statement on the passing of Joe Weider: <a href="" class="">…</a>Arnold
Joe Weider RIP <a href="" class=""></a>nick ®amezani
RIP, Joe Weider, father of modern #bodybuilding, an inspiration to the sport; read all his mags since I was 12yr old! <a href="" class=""></a>Rafael Capo
A moment to remember! One Champion & One man who made Champions! R.I.P. Joe Weider #InMemoryOfJoeWeider <a href="" class=""></a>Eddy DRG
@Schwarzenegger & Joe Weider at a @muscle_fitness Awesome photo! His Spirit forever Lives! "@shawnperine: <a href="" class=""></a>"Shawn Rene Zimmerman
“I knew about Joe Weider long before I met him,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement, ” he was the godfather of fitness who told all of us to ‘Be Somebody with a Body.’ He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions. ” 

Many body builders thanked Weider for opening doors: 
The legendary Joe Weider with one of his OLYMPIA creations @mrojaycutler. He knew how to pick his champions! <a href="" class=""></a>Zak Pallikaros
My mentor Joe Weider and I. <a href="" class=""></a>Lou Ferrigno
“We bodybuilders used to live in a little world all unto itself, shunned by the rest of the world, but now bodybuilding was getting its due. The whole world was Weider’s world.” – Joe Weider – Rest in Peace to the man who essentially gave us all a job, and fathered out passions. Joe Weider, the co founder of the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) and the Mr. Olympia competition, a stage that everyone in this sports hopes to be able to walk on one day… thank you for everything you have done and thank you for opening all the doors for those that love the sport and find passion in nothing else. <3Angela Christine
Rest In Peace- "The Master Blaster" Joe Weider <a href="" class=""></a>shawn ray
@HideYamagishi @BSNWolf u r lucky that u met the Master Blaster,The Legend Maker, R.I.P Joe Weider @WeiderNutrition <a href="" class=""></a>Ankit Suklecha
Our Father Of Fitness Mr. Joe Weider was a great man and will always be remembered for what he leaves behind. RIP <a href="" class=""></a>Kevin Levrone
Sad day to hear Joe Weider has passed away. He was a Father to all of us bodybuilders and will be terribly missed. I’m so thankful for him.PHIL HEATH
Schwarzenegger said Weider 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. “
Joe Weider, scrawny kid who created bodybuilding & muscle magazine empire, dead at 93. <a href="" class=""></a> <a href="" class=""></a>Jim Roberts
RIP Joe Weider, the godfather of bodybuilding. You may have left us, but your legacy still stands strongwr than ever <a href="" class=""></a>Rambo
RIP Joe Weider I have hung many of my clothes on your home gym equipment. My new fitness goal is to pass your age of 93 without any exercising and eating butter.Philip J Rowe
The fitness industry lost a true pioneer and inspiration today, R.I.P. Joe Weider. Your legacy lives on.Kimberly Ann Walentiny Sullivan
Dedicate your next workout to fitness entrepreneur Joe Weider, who died today, at age 93. RIP, Joe.Men’s Health Mag
Josef Edwin "Joe" Weider November 29, 1919 – March 23, 2013 #RIP <a href="" class=""></a>Jordy
"Strive for excellence, exceed yourself, love your friend, speak the truth, practice fidelity and honor your father and mother. These principle will help you to master yourself, make you strong, give you hope and put you on the path to greatness." – Joe Weider, Trainer of Champions RIP 3/23/2013Jason Alexander Charchan