Deborah Columbu is the wife of Franco Columbu who was an Italian actor, author, former champion bodybuilder, powerlifter and World’s Strongest Man competitor. Unfortunately, on August 30, 2019, he died at the age of 78.
According to the source, he drowned while swimming at the beach in the town of San Teodoro in Sardinia at around 2 p.m. local time. Emergency services rushed Columbo to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Deborah Columbu tied the knot with her Husband Franco Columbu in 1990 at Private ceremony. Only a few friends and family members were invited to this lavish ceremony. This couple share only one daughter named Maria Columbu.
On December 23, 2014, he shared a photo of his daughter on Instagram and wrote “My daughter and I make wine… Do you want some? Coming soon to a restaurant near you …”
However, the Bodybuilder had been married to a fellow chiropractor named Anita Sanangelo. Moreover, Anita was featured in the documentary sequel, “Pumping Iron 2.”
As news of Columbu’s sad passing spreads, many in the bodybuilding world have taken to social media to mourn his passing. While the mayor of Columbu’s hometown Ollolai told La Repubblica, “Franco’s death is very painful news for us, he was Ollolai’s ambassador in the world.” The mayor said that Columbu would regularly come to his homeland for three weeks between August and September.
Columbu left his hometown of Ollolai in Sardinia in the 1960s to go and work in Munich, Germany as a bricklayer. Fellow bodybuilder, Phil Laden, referred to Columbu as a “very good, Italian mason.”
During this time, Columbu began as a boxer where he first met Schwarzenegger. In the 1970s, the pair decided to move to Los Angeles together, according to a bio on Columbu’s website.
In his later years, Columbu became a chiropractor and nutritionist in Los Angeles. Columbo wrote several books on nutrition and fitness including, “Weight Training and Bodybuilding: A Complete Guide for Young Athletes.”
In 2006, Columbu was appointed to the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners in California by Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a press release, Columbu said that his approach to those suffering from injuries was to get back into training (exercise) quickly. The common approach was “non-activity.”
He started his career as a Boxer and won Mr. Olympia the year after Arnold Schwarzenegger retired from bodybuilding. Furthermore, he was long considered one of Schwarzenegger’s closest friends and confidants. In the 1980s, Columbu made appearances in the Schwarzenegger movies, “The Terminator,” “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Running Man.”
Later, In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1993 movie “Last Action Hero,” Franco Columbu is credited as being the director of the fictional “Jack Slater” movie series.