O bodybuilder italiano Franco Columbu faleceu ontem (30) aos 78 anos, e o ator Arnold Schwarzenegger publicou fotos em sua conta do Instagram homenageando o amigo.
As fotos mostram os dois em diversos momentos de suas vidas, e o ator escreveu que é “muito grato pelos 54 anos de amizade e alegrias” que os dois compartilharam, além de chamar Columbu de seu “parceiro no crime“, encerrando o texto prometendo lembrar do amigo para sempre: “Eu te amo Franco. Sempre vou lembrar da alegria que você trouxe para a minha vida, os conselhos que me deu, e o brilho que nunca desapareceu dos seus olhos. Você foi meu melhor amigo“.
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Franco, You’ve heard me say that I don’t like when people call me a self-made man. You’ve even heard me say that you’re part of the reason I could never accept that label. But I wanted you to know why. From the minute we met in Munich, you were my partner in crime. We pushed each other, we competed with each other, and we laughed at every moment along the way. When I finally got to America, I was alone. I’d left my family, my country, my whole life behind. So when I asked Joe Weider to bring you to train with me, it was because I knew I wasn’t the same without my best friend. I could thrive without money, without my parents, but I couldn’t thrive without you. I am devastated today. But I am also so, so grateful for the 54 years of friendship and joy we shared. The pumps, the chess games, the construction work, the meals, the pranks, the life lessons – we did it all together. We grew and we learned and we loved. My life was more fun, more colorful, and more complete because of you. I will always miss you. But I’ll also know that a part of you lives on in me, in Debbie, in Maria, and in the millions of people you inspired every day you lived. And I will be there for Maria and Debbie, so you can rest now with no worries. I love you Franco. I will always remember the joy you brought to my life, the advices you gave me, and the twinkle in your eye that never disappeared. You were my best friend. Love always, Arnold
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A polícia reportou que Columbu passou mal enquanto estava nadando. O bodybuilder conquistou o título de Mr. Olympia em 1976 e 1981, e apareceu em diversos filmes de Schwarzenegger.