Rebecca Packers death has been announced.
The former Olympian and former world record holder has passed away at her home in Los Angeles, California.
Packer suffered from chronic heart disease and was taking the anti-inflammatories she was prescribed by her doctor, according to the Associated Press.
The news comes just days after Packer released her first memoir, I Am Rebecca, which explores her life as a powerlifter and her journey from the gym to the screen.
Packers biography in the book recounts her time competing in the women’s division of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and her time as a professional weightlifter in the 1970s.
“I am so very proud of Rebecca Packerbills achievements,” she wrote in the biography.
“She was the first female powerlifts coach in the world, and the first woman to win gold in a men’s weightlifting competition.
I am so proud to have coached her.
I have met her over the years and she is one of my best friends.
She was my mentor and a great inspiration.”
Packer was born in Los Alamos, California, on March 10, 1943.
She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress in the 1950s.
She married a man named Frank “Doc” Bock, who she later divorced.
Packy’s career skyrocketed after her husband’s death, as she went on to win several gold medals at the 1972 Olympics in Berlin, and become a national sensation.
Pack was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2010.
Pack said that her body would have “broken” if she had competed in the 1972 Games.
She told People magazine in 2010 that she would have died at the end of the Games.
“My body wouldn’t have broken,” she said.
“If I had lost, I think I would have gotten back and maybe competed again.
But I think if I had competed I would be a much better athlete.”
Pack’s husband died in 1980 at the tender age of 36.