Strongman and actor Franco Columbu dead at 78

Two-time Mr. Olympia champ and actor Franco Columbu has died at the age of 78.

The Italian-born bodybuilder died Friday while swimming off the coast of his native Sardinia, according to reports in Italian media outlets.

The muscleman, according to his website, set weightlifting records in three categories — bench press (525 pounds), deadlift (750 pounds) and squat (655 pounds). He also secured a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by bursting a hot water bottle in 55 seconds, solely by sheer lung power.

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