Endine Mr. Olympia ja Mr. Universe Columbu elas küll Los Angelese linnas, kuid viibis puhkusel Sardiinias, kus teda tabas ujudes terviserike, mis viis omakorda ka uppumiseni, kirjutab The Associated Press.

Schwarzenegger jagas Twitteris ka oma kaastundeavaldust.

Schwarzenegger lisas Twitteri säutsule ka Medium.com blogipostitust, kus kirjeldas pikemalt oma sõprust Columbuga.

Näitleja jagas Instagramis pilte ja teksti, kus tõi välja, et Columbo oli tema parim sõber, kelleta poleks suutnud karjääri alguses ja jooksul hakkama saada.

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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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Schwarzenegger ja Columbo kohtusid 1960ndatel, kuid nad olid veel konkurendid kulturismi võistlustel. Ameerika Ühendriikidesse kolides töötasid nad müüriladujatena ning hakkasid samal ajal ka Hollywoodis filmikarjääri üles ehitama.

Columbu oli Schwarzeneggeri pulmas ka tema isamees ning temast sai ka Schwarzeneggeri ja Maria Shriveri tütre Christina ristiisa.