Playboy model Lisa Lyon is now in an LA hospice after being described as in a ‘grave condition’ with pancreatic cancer.
The female bodybuilder, credited for pioneering the sport, famously posed for Playboy in the 1980s and won the first International Federation of Bodybuilders Woman’s World Pro Bodybuilding Championship in 1979.
It has now been reported she is being given hospice care after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Her condition has been described as ‘grave’ by TMZ.
Lyon, 70, helped to bring female bodybuilding into the public eye, speaking to various publications about the sport and writing a book about women’s weight training, Lisa Lyon’s Body Magic.
Her career began after she was practicing Kendo, which led her to turn to bodybuilding to improve her strength.
In 2000, she was inducted into the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federal Hall of Fame for her work in the sport.
Lyon famously posed for Playboy in 1980 and became one of the first female bodybuilders to be featured in the publication, following Kellie Everts in 1977.
She went on to model for the likes of Helmut Newton, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Robert Mapplethorpe, who created more than 150 photos of her and also became her boyfriend.
Lyon also had a short acting career, appearing in the likes of 1983 film Three Crowns of the Sailor, 1984 bodybuilding movie Getting Physical, and 1986 horror comedy Vamp starring Grace Jones.
She picked up a number of celebrity fans throughout her career, including fellow bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Comic book writer Frank Miller is credited with having based the appearance of his character Elektra on Lyon.