Victor Richard, the legendary bodybuilder who set the world record in the 1970s and won six Olympic gold medals, is retiring at the end of this month, his company said Thursday.
Richards, 75, will announce the news in his annual address to the company’s shareholders.
The announcement comes just days after his death at the age of 55.
Richard was born in Detroit in 1942 and moved to the United States in 1949.
He made his name in the 1950s by winning the Arnold Schwarzenegger Weightlifting Championship and became one of the most successful bodybuilders in the world in the 1980s.
He was inducted into the American Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Hall of Sports Hall of Famer in 2007.
Riches had a short life, but it is not known if his health will suffer from his long stay in retirement.
He had several surgeries to correct his hip dysplasia and has had three other operations.
In a statement, Richards’ representatives said he plans to return to the gym at some point during the year, though they did not provide a specific date.
Richarts was a champion for more than 25 years, earning seven Olympic golds and two world records.
He set the all-time record for the bench press in 1977 and set the bar for bodybuilders when he beat out Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1976 Olympic Games.
RichARDS retirement comes as a surprise for the gym’s longtime owner, Gary and Debbie C. Richards.
Gary Richards, who has owned the gym for more 25 years and has been its president since 2007, had a tumultuous time during his career.
In 2001, he was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a security guard who had been fatally shot in the chest by a suspect in the wake of a drug investigation.
The police and prosecutors said he had an affair with the guard and his girlfriend.
He also was charged in the deaths of his wife and son.
He has maintained a long and private life.
In 2011, a jury acquitted him of second- and third-degree manslaughter charges.
Richetts also has been accused of killing two women and sexually abusing two children in the past.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He died in 2012.
Richwards, a native of New Jersey, was the only American athlete to compete in the 1972 and 1972 Olympic Games, winning gold in the deadlift.
He then won the gold medal in the snatch at the 1972 Games.
He went on to win the gold in each of the 1972, 1972 and 1973 Olympic Games and the bronze in 1976.
In 1975, he won the silver medal in his only World Championships, but he also failed to make the team for the 1972 Summer Games.
In 1976, he went on the Olympic Team but failed to qualify for the final.
He lost a third Olympic medal in a row to Arnold Schwarzenegger and finished fifth.
Richys was induct into the Sports Hall, Celebrity and Public Life Hall of Honor in 2016.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Debbie C., and three children, Robert, Nancy and Gary Jr.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.