Joe Weider dies at 93; bodybuilding guru discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Joe Weider

Joe Weider in 1982. (LA Times)

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 publicist.

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