From the Associated Press
Monday, July 12, 2004 · Last updated 7:18 p.m. PT
Gold's Gym founder Joe Gold dies at 82
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Gold, a bodybuilding pioneer who founded a beachside gym made famous by then-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, has died. He was 82.
Gold's death on Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital was confirmed Monday by Dave Reiseman, a spokesman for Gold's Gyms. No further details were immediately available.
Gov. Schwarzenegger issued a statement in which he called Gold "a trusted friend and father figure."
"In 1968, when I came to America, Gold's Gym was the gym where I first went to work out. Joe looked after me and encouraged me, and his dry sense of humor was a daily feature of the gym," Schwarzenegger said.
Gold founded his first gym in 1965 in the Venice area of Los Angeles.