Dave Draper, an iconic, world-class bodybuilder who owned World Gym in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley, died on Tuesday morning at the age of 79. Draper, who stood 6 feet, 235 pounds, was known as the “Blond Bomber.” Born in Secaucus, New Jersey, Draper began weight training at a young age. He won the 1962 Mr
“Dave Draper was an inspiration to millions of people all over the world.
Draper’s wife, Laree, confirmed her husband’s death on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. The cause of death wasn’t given.
“Hi, friends, as the word’s getting out, I wanted to let you know so there’s no confusion,” she wrote, “Dave died early this morning. I was with him and it was calm and peaceful. It, as his doctor told me a little while ago, was a good death.”
Draper, born April 16, 1942, appeared on nearly a dozen TV shows and in multiple films, including “Lord Love a Duck” in ’66 and “Don’t Make Waves” in ’67. He also appeared on “The Beverly Hillbillies” and was a guest on “Pat Boone in Hollywood” in ’67 and “The Merv Griffin Show” in ’71.