Some terrible news broke today, as legendary bodybuilder Franco Columbu tragically lost his life in a boating accident. The bodybuilding community has come together to remember him, and mourn his passing.
Columbu is a pioneer in the bodybuilding world. In addition to being a close friend and training partner to Arnold Schwarzenegger, he had a ton of accolades. He had won the Mr. Universe competition, and the Mr. Olympia twice. Moreover, his legacy will span on, long past this generation. Thus, the bodybuilding world was rocked at the loss of this legend, and many people have posted social media messages, to celebrate his life.
Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone says the “strongest bodybuilder I ever met” will be missed.
Bodybuilder Steve Kuclo shared the same sentiments as most people, regarding Franco Columbu.
Serbian IFBB Pro Milo Sarcev reposted Arnold’s heartwarming message, adding his own message of condolence.
Additionally, Rich Gaspari mourned his “boyhood hero” Columbu.
Michael David Bryson shared a sad message of mourning for Columbu, on his Instagram page This Is Bodybuilding.
Arash Rahbar references Franco’s “demeanor and happy go lucky personality” while paying his respects.
IFBB Pro Victor Martinez reached out to Arnold in his post, acknowledging how important Columbu was to him.
Shawn Ray posted this picture he took with the Mr. Universe champ.
Multiple-time Mr. Olympia winner Phil Heath gave this warm message, reminiscing about talking to Columbu.
According to Fouad Abiad, there was no better duo than these two, and it is hard to disagree with that sentiment.
William Bonac sends out condolences to Franco Columbu’s family.
The loss of Columbu will send shockwaves throughout the bodybuilding world for a long time to come. He has had an incredible impact on the world, both in and out of bodybuilding. Furthermore, his legacy will live on to inspire future generations.
FitnessVolt sends their sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Franco Columbu.