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Arnold Schwarzenegger Mourns Death of Bodybuilder Dave Draper

Arnold Schwarzenegger Mourns Death of Bodybuilder Dave Draper

Arnold Schwarzenegger is mourning the loss of one of his idols.

On Tuesday (November 30), iconic bodybuilder Dave Draper died at the age of 79, his wife Laree announced.

“Hi, Friends. As the word is getting out, I wanted to let you know, so there’s no confusion — Dave died early this morning. I was with him and it was calm and peaceful. It, as the doctor told me a little while ago, was a good death,” Laree wrote on Facebook.

Shortly after the news broke, Arnold, 74, took to social media to pay tribute to Dave.

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“Dave Draper was an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, including me. He was one of my idols. In Austria, I kept his photo on the wall above my bed for motivation, and when I saw him starring in ‘Don’t Make Waves’, I thought,My dreams are possible,” Arnold wrote on Twitter along with a photo of he and Dave at a bodybuilding competition.

“When I got to America and finally met Dave, I learned his heart was as big as his pecs,” Arnold added. “He even hand-built my first furniture when I moved to Santa Monica, and man, he was talented. Can you imagine meeting your idol, becoming his training partner and traveling the world together?”

He concluded, “I was in heaven. He couldn’t have been more welcoming, and he always pushed everyone around him in the gym to be better. He was an amazing writer and a great family man. I will miss the Blond Bomber, but his memory will always be with me. My thoughts are with Laree and the family.”

Our thoughts are with Dave Draper‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

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