“Will Live Forever in the Millions”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Mourns the Death of His Bodybuilding Mentor as He Passes Away at 91

Published 09/15/2022, 8:30 AM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has won numerous Mr. Universe honors during his successful career. In addition, Arnold is a legend in bodybuilding, with a physique comparable to the Greek gods. After that, he began appearing in movies and pursuing interesting action roles in Hollywood.

However, behind all his achievements were the hands of his mentors. Meanwhile, one of his mentors was an American bodybuilder, Bill Pearl, who won Mr. Universe five times. Unfortunately, the classic bodybuilder passed away on the 14th of September, leaving Arnold mourning for him.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger remembering Bill Pearl

Schwarzenegger took to his Instagram handle and shared his picture with Bill. In the pictures, both bodybuilders are seen standing side by side; in another, they are talking about something. Meanwhile, in the caption, Arnold emotionally penned how important he was to him.


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Arnold wrote, “Bill Pearl will live forever in the millions of people he inspired. I know because I’m one of them – when my goals were just dreams, it was idols like Bill Pearl, one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, who motivated me to make the impossible possible. I put his photo above my little bed in Austria to remind me to keep pushing, to stay hungry, and to never give up. My thoughts are with his family.”

On the other hand, in the comment section, several fans were seen grieving the death of a bodybuilder. 

 In 1989, he stopped all the guest posting in bodybuilding. On the 14th of September, his wife Judy posted the news of his demise on Facebook.


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Bill Pearl’s legacy

The American legend Bill was born in Oregon’s Prineville. While growing up, he exercised at Leo Stern’s gym while serving as an enlistee in the US Navy at San Diego Naval Air Station. Like Pearl mentored Arnold, champion bodybuilder Leo Stern trained him. Leo always pushed him to participate in competitions.


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In addition, all the competitions made him reach the extreme level, including Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles. However, apart from all the achievements, the legend was also the author of the book Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Men and Women’. As Bill passed away, he left behind many people mourning for him.

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Ishani Yadav


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Ishani Yadav is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. Ishani spent her childhood playing baseball and badminton, which led to her passion for sports.
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