I'm sure bodybuilding fans have already heard the sad news that old school legend Franco Columbu passed away yesterday (Friday 30 Aug 2019). The devastating thing is he didn't even die from old age or an illness but it was reported that he suffered a heart attack while out at sea swimming. Some reports state that it was a boating accident which I don't quite understand unless a boat struck Franco while he was swimming out at sea. Unfortunately he took a sudden heart attack and drowned.
Franco was a two time Mr Olympia champion who pound for pound became one of the strongest bodybuilders in the world, competing in both Powerlifting and the very first World's Strongest Man contest back in 1977.
Here's some Franco Strength Feats with him performing exhibition lifts...
Franco built one of the best Mr Olympia bodies ever with a huge back and split chest. He was a tough character having trained as a competitive boxer in his younger days and could easily handle heavy stressful workouts. In reference to Arthur Jones "HIT" workouts which Franco and Arnold once tried...
"Franco Columbu tried some workouts with Arthur as well, apparently Franco could take any amount of punishment and still come up smiling! Not so Arnold who could not tolerate total failure and threw up each time, giving up after a handful of workouts and declaring in Muscle Builder that training that way was insane." ~ Magnus
Franco and Arnold were loyal friends till the end and I'm sure Arnold will miss Franco dearly.
Franco was a funny character in and out of the gym and will be missed by all. Condolences to his close friends and family.
Franco Columbu - Born: 7 Aug 1941 - Died: 30 Aug 2019
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