Robert Kennedy founder of RKP/Robert Kennedy Publishing, the magazine brands MuscleMag International, Reps!, Oxygen, American Curves and Clean Eating as well as hundreds of books (he personally wrote over 55 of them and was a New York Times Best-seller forHardcore Bodybuilding, Reps!, RockHard!, Beef It!, and Pumping Up!) lost his heroic battle with cancer April 12 at his home in the Caledon Hills, north of Toronto, Ontario.
Bob’s longtime friend Arnold Schwarzenegger paid him a surprise visit on Easter Sunday. Bob and Arnold spent hours reminiscing about old times and the two legends even flexed! Bob’s wife, Tosca Reno shared, “It was nice to see the sparkle in Bob’s blue eyes again.” Arnold stated, “Bob was a great friend and a true fitness icon. He spread the gospel of health around the globe, and his impact can’t be measured. I will miss Bob, but there is no question that his legacy of a fitter and healthier world will live on.”
On 1972 Bob went into business for himself, selling courses of instruction by mail on nutrition, bodybuilding and fitness. In 1974 he started his first magazine, MuscleMag International, with an initial print run of 110,000 copies. Thirty-five years later, the magazine continues publishing. Bob was an avid and accomplished photographer who discovered many fitness models/WWE stars/bodybuilding personalities/health and fitness experts and celebrities, including, among others, Tosca Reno, Torrie Wilson, Trish Stratus, Vicky Pratt, Cory Everson, Roland Kickinger and Ronnie Coleman.
Robert “Bob” Kennedy’s life’s work, dedication and impact on bodybuilding, health and fitness have been a source of inspiration to tens of millions of people and his wife Tosca Reno shall continue his legacy.
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