We’re sorry for your loss, Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Whole World Weeps

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s coveted award has never been bestowed upon another bodybuilder. The Arnold Classic, a well-known bodybuilding competition, is named after him.

Jim Lorimer, who co-founded the event and was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s close friend, died recently.

As a particular homage, the legendary bodybuilder shared a heartfelt remark about his late friend on social media, to which his fellow athletes responded in the comments.

Celebrities and well-known bodybuilders respond to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s kind post.

Lorimer died at the age of 96 on November 24, 2022. Jim Lorimer worked as an FBI agent, mayor, and national track coach in addition to co-founding and organizing the Arnold Classic competition.

The goal of Lorimer and Arnold Schwarzenegger was to popularize bodybuilding. To accomplish this, the two established the Arnold Classic event in 1989, which grew to become the world’s second most prominent bodybuilding competition.

“I am devastated that I won’t be able to sit with him again and hear his wisdom, or discuss bodybuilders with him, or simply laugh and laugh,” Schwarzenegger said on Instagram.

Lorimer and Schwarzenegger are both regarded as bodybuilding pioneers. Schwarzenegger was one of President George H. W. Bush’s most important advisors at the time.

As chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the bodybuilder recounted how his wonderful friend Lorimer had helped him make wise choices.

Many more bodybuilders and celebrities offered their condolences in the article’s comments section.

Several famous bodybuilders, including Jay Cutler, have written:

“Sad news. RIP.  I’m happy I ran into him at the competition. Rest in peace, Jim.”

“That tribute is felt all the way to the bones, through the heart and spirit.  Such a striking and also extremely truthful message. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace, Jim…”

Others have said:

“Life is an amazing journey!” It goes by fast! Let us now cherish and surprise our loved ones.”

“I’m really sad for your loss…”

Schwarzenegger also extended his condolences and best wishes to the Lorimer family in his post.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer’s friendship

Lorimer and Schwarzenegger became friends in 1970, when Lorimer invited a young Schwarzenegger to a party in Columbus, Ohio.

Soon after, the two became good friends and formed an unofficial alliance to popularize bodybuilding in the United States. The Arnold Classic, created in 1989 by Schwarzenegger and Lorimer, has since become one of the most well-known sporting events.

Schwarzenegger and many other sportsmen credit Lorimer with the rise of bodybuilding and other sports in Columbus and beyond. His drive and enthusiasm for athletics propelled him to tremendous heights in life.