Bodybuilding Legend Dave Draper Dead At 79, Arnold Schwarzenegger Mourns

12/2/2021 12:00:00 AM

Dave Draper -- one of the most legendary figures in the history of bodybuilding -- has died ... and Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's torn up over the news.

Dave Draper -- one of the most legendary figures in the history of bodybuilding -- has died ... and Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's torn up over the news.

Dave Draper -- one of the most legendary figures in the history of bodybuilding -- has died ... and Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's torn up over the news.

Draper's wife announced the passing on her Facebook page on Tuesday, saying,"Dave died early this morning.""I was with him and it was calm and peaceful,"Laree Draperadded."It, as his doctor told me a little while ago, was a good death."

Dave was 79 years old.Schwarzenegger took the news hard ... writing on his social media page Tuesday afternoon that Dave was one of his biggest inspirations."In Austria," Schwarzenegger said,"I kept his photo on the wall above my bed for motivation."

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Draper's wife announced the passing on her Facebook page on Tuesday, saying,"Dave died early this morning." "I was with him and it was calm and peaceful," Laree Draper added. Iger, who served as Chairman of the Board since 2012, had been set to step away as board chair by the end of this year."It, as his doctor told me a little while ago, was a good death. Iger, who passed the CEO baton to Bob Chapek in February 2020 and announced his plan to leave the company, had been board chair since 2012." Dave was 79 years old. She was an operating executive at The Caryle Group until this year. Schwarzenegger took the news hard ..

. and NBTY.. writing on his social media page Tuesday afternoon that Dave was one of his biggest inspirations. "In Austria," Schwarzenegger said,"I kept his photo on the wall above my bed for motivation.” Related Story 'Belfast', 'Poldark' and 'Derry Girls' Stars Cast In Disney+ Superhero Comedy 'Extraordinary'; Filming Starts Today Disney evolved significantly under Iger and continues to during the Chapek era." @Schwarzenegger/Twitter In fact, Schwarzenegger said when he eventually moved to the United States, he met Dave and they became pals and training partners. By the time they arrived, Jackie had already been rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"He couldn't have been more welcoming, and he always pushed everyone around him in the gym to be better," Schwarzenegger said."He was an amazing writer and a great family man. Iger recounted the streaming pivot in his 2019 memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime , invoking several instances of having to persuade the board about certain moves, including the $71 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox." "I will miss the Blond Bomber, but his memory will always be with me. My thoughts are with Laree and the family." Dave began bodybuilding at a young age -- and famously won the Mr. As I step into this new role as chairman of the board, I look forward to continuing to serve the long-term interests of Disney’s shareholders and working closely with CEO Bob Chapek as he builds upon the company’s century-long legacy of creative excellence and innovation.

New Jersey title in 1962, when he was just 21 years old. Dave went on to win a Mr. Universe crown in 1966 . Prior to that, he held several top roles at both Disney and ABC...

and later starred in a bunch of TV and movie roles, including 's famous 1967 flick,"Don't Make Waves." RIP .