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R.I.P. Joe Weider

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Joe Weider, a Los Angeles-based bodybuilding pioneer who created a multimillion-dollar fitness publishing empire and mentored a young Arnold Schwarzenegger from the time the future actor and California governor was a struggling unknown, died Saturday, a family spokeswoman said. He was 93.

Weider, who discovered a teenage Schwarzenegger at a bodybuilding contest in Europe and sponsored the young Austrian's move to the U.S., died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, said Charlotte Parker, his longtime

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When I was a scrawny little teenager I must have drank about 50 gallons of Joe Weider's Dynamic Weight Gainer. It tasted horrible and never really worked but I never gave up.

Kudos to this man for his great business sense and for discovering Schwarzenegger.

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I hope Weider was happy enough in his life to make the 93 years he lived enjoyable and worthwhile.

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