Franco Columbu died yesterday of an unspecified illness. He was 78.
Columbu was a boxer, weightlifter, bodybuilding champion, actor and chiropractor. Franco met Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1960s and they became lifelong friends, with Columbu serving as Arnold’s best man when he married Maria Shriver in 1986. Columbu is a two-time Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Champion. He also appeared in Stay Hungry, Pumping Iron, The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, The Running Man, Big Top Pee-wee, as well as other movies and television shows. In addition, Franco trained many celebrities (including helping Sly Stallone get in shape for Rambo and other films).
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Franco Columbu’s family, friends and fans.