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Joe Weider Schwarzenegger's Mentor Dead at 93

3/23/2013 11:00 AM PDT

Joe Weider Dead -- Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mentor Dies at 93

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Legendary fitness icon Joe Weider -- who mentored Arnold Schwarzenegger during his body building days and built a vast fitness empire -- died of heart failure today at age 93.

After his passing, Arnold released a statement, saying, "Joe didn’t just inspire my earliest dreams; he made them come true the day he invited me to move to America to pursue my bodybuilding career. I will never forget his generosity."

Weider was a god in the fitness world -- not only was he the catalyst for Arnold's impressive career, he also created a publishing empire which included "Muscle & Fitness", "Flex", "Shape" and "Men's Fitness" magazines.

Weider died Saturday at his home in L.A. He is survived by his wife, Betty. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!


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