Fitness Icon Robert Kennedy Loses Battle with Lung Cancer

The fitness world lost an icon this April 12, 2012 with the passing of Robert Kennedy, publisher of Oxygen magazine and husband to Tosca Reno, fitness model and creator of the Eat-Clean diet.

Bob Kennedy lost his battle with lung cancer at the age 73 and is survived by wife, Tosca Reno and four adult daughters Chelsea Kennedy, Rachel Corradetti, Kiersten Corradetti, and Kelsey-Lynn Corradetti (he was preceded in death by his only son Braden Robert James Kennedy last year following complications with pneumonia).

On April 9th, Tosca announced on her blog that Bob’s treatments were unsuccessful and that the family was coming to terms with the time he had left:

“We will soon be losing a wonderful person, father, great leader and inspiration for both the Company and this industry at large. However Bob’s life’s work, dedication and impact on bodybuilding, fitness and health and the support and inspiration to 10’s of millions of people will continue through all of you.”

Bob Kennedy was a pioneer in the health and fitness industry. Robert Kennedy Publishing has published many popular health and fitness books and as publisher of Oxygen Magazine, a magazine devoted to women’s fitness, he not only made it OK for women to lift weights and build muscle, but something to be proud of and work hard for. Considered the resource for weight lifting for women, Oxygen has helped women of all shapes and fitness levels get fit, get healthy and gain muscle. His opening thoughts in every issue were always entertaining, informative and motivating, and I personally will miss reading them every issue.

Bob Kennedy will be dearly missed. The outpouring of sadness and condolences has been overwhelming:

@KellyOlexa How very sad to hear about the passing of Robert Kennedy. Such an amazing legacy in the fitness world. #fitfluential

@Holly_Perkins I’m saddened to hear about Robert Kennedy’s passing. Because of him I have been inspired. My heart goes out to you @toscareno and family.

@TanisFit Sad day in the fitness industry. RIP Robert Kennedy @BobKennedyPubs Your impact and tough love will carry on and never be forgotten.

Our condolences are extended to the Kennedy family. We have no doubts that Bob’s legacy will live on in his friends, family and fitness fans everywhere.

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