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Another Ageless Bodybuilder Dies

Bob Delmonteque


Bob Delmonteque looked better at 80 than most people look on their best day; hair, teeth, physique, he had it all.

Bob and I never met in person, but we exchanged notes and talked by phone over a period of years. (His favorite time to call was late at night.) He was always upbeat and positive. He was still setting goals and challenging himself at the time of our last contact in February of 2006.

You’ll find photos of him in the same pose at 17, 67, and 80 on our FAQ page. He looks better at 80; it's not even close. I don’t know of any other bodybuilder who peaked at 80. That sets him apart from just about anyone else.

In his book Lifelong Fitness, published in 2004, he suggests that he benefited from hormone replacement therapy. He told me that he first used HRT when he was 83, which would be in 2002. His book contains a testimonial by Ronald Klatz, MD, president of A4M Academy of Anti Aging Medicine, calling him “the poster boy of the anti aging movement.” Delmonteque called HRT along with lifestyle “the wave of the future.” So HRT probably helped some, but I can’t help believe that his health and longevity was mainly due to healthy eating and regular exercise. Bob took care of himself. If everyone would do the same, the world would be a healthier and happier place.

There seems to be some dispute over his age. Bill Pearl wrote in Volume 2 of Legends of the Iron Game that Delmonteque was born November 9, 1919, in Alvin, Texas. In 2004, Bob told me that he was 85. Whatever his age, he lived long enough to prove that a healthy lifestyle pays more dividends than anything else you can do for yourself.

Bodybuilding pioneer, doctor of naturopathy, fitness supermodel, photographer, author, trainer to the Hollywood stars and the original astronauts, originator of health clubs all over North America, head of the President’s Council of physical fitness, and role model for fitness-minded people everywhere, he had about as good a run as a man could have.

Bob passed away on November 21, 2011, at his home Woodland Hills, California. The cause of death had not been reported as this was written. He had apparently been ill for a time before his death.

Bob is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Madeline.

We’ll miss you Bob. Rest in peace.     

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