Arnold Schwarzenegger Issues Statement Following Passing Of Dave Draper

Arnold Schwarzenegger recently issued a statement on the passing of one of his idols.

It was announced on Tuesday that legendary bodybuilder Dave Draper had passed away. This is news that impacted many around the sport of bodybuilding and that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger. After receiving the news, the legendary bodybuilder took to Instagram to issue a statement on the passing of another.

Schwarzenegger discussed how Draper impacted his career when he first came to America. He was familiar with Draper’s work and even kept his magazine cover for inspiration. Schwarzenegger posted a heartfelt caption on social media along with a picture of the two of them.

“Dave Draper was an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, including me. He was one of my idols. In Austria, I kept his cover of Muscle Builder magazine on the wall above my bed for motivation, and when I saw him starring in “Don’t Make Waves”, I thought, “My dreams are possible.” When I got to America and finally met Dave, I learned his heart was as big as his pecs. He even hand-built my first furniture when I moved to Santa Monica, and let me tell you, he was talented.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger came to America and quickly became one of the best bodybuilders in the world. He connected with Draper in Santa Monica, CA. Draper had moved out West from New Jersey in order to train at a higher level. While out there, Draper connected with many of the top bodybuilders such as Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu.

“Can you imagine meeting your idol and becoming his training partner and traveling all over the world together? I was in heaven. He couldn’t have been more welcoming, and he was a fantastic training partner who always pushed everyone around him in the gym to be better. He was an amazing writer and a great family man. I will miss the Blond Bomber, but his memory will always be with me. My thoughts are with Laree and the whole family.”

Draper made an impact on many throughout his career. Arnold Schwarzenegger is another bodybuilder who transitioned to the big screen and began a newsletter of his own. He shared plenty of experiences in his Instagram post and let his following in on the impact that Draper has early on in his career.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.