Larry Dee Scott, nicknamed "The Legend" and "The Golden Boy," was an American IFBB professional bodybuilder who rose to fame in the 1960s and became the first Mr. Olympia by winning the top international competition, has died at the age of 75.
The man who would come to be known in the bodybuilding world as "The Legend," was born in the small town of Blackfoot, Idaho in 1938. After winning the Mr. Idaho bodybuilding contest in 1959, he moved to California.
In 1965, he became the world's first Mr. Olympia, a title designed by promoter and publisher Joe Weider as bodybuilding's indisputably supreme honor.
The outcome "was more or less decided the first time the judges got a look at Larry Scott's biceps," Weider later wrote in his Muscle & Fitness magazine. "Those mountainous, cannonball-like peaks were different from anything the sport had ever seen."
Scott, who was nicknamed "The Legend" and was on Weider's list of "the 20 greatest physiques the world has ever known," died Saturday in Salt Lake City from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his family said. He was 75.
Scott was known for his 20-inch biceps, chiseled doing the "Preacher Curl" exercise taught to him as a youth by bodybuilder Vince Gironda. Today, some call it the "Scott Curl" because he made it well-known.
In a Twitter message, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also had a place on Weider's "20 greatest" list, called Scott "a great man who inspired millions."