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Jack LaLanne Dead at 96

1/23/2011 11:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Fitness legend Jack LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in California. He was 96.

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LaLanne hosted a popular workout show for several decades, opened a chain of gyms, and created a popular line of juicers.

His agent said he worked out and exercised every day of his life, even up until the end.

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fran    

RIP Jack , my very first exercise instructor.

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Areader    

Jack LaLanne was jacked before we even knew what steroids were. He lived a good clean life and an inspiration to many! An incredible human being! He will be missed, I pray for his family and friends.

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wasted days and wasted nights    

As a kid in San Francisco in the Sixties, I remember watching him do calesthenics on his morning exercise program. All those push-ups and jumping jacks and every one of them was perfect. His exploits like swimming from Alcatraz made him seem like a real-life Superman. But his smiles and enthusiasm made him seem like a friend.

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Carl    

He was in better shape in his 90s than I am in my 30s!

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Michele    

Very Sad! I remember watching his show, as a kid, when he'd bring out his white, german shepherd, Happy, to get the audience interested in exercising! He always had a way of motivating using humor or common sense. He truly is the father of the fitness movement. And never afraid to show he believed God, as he'd always end his show with a God Bless to the audience. A simpler, better time for TV, and America! And a very humble guy. God Bless you, Jack! You'll be missed.

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Michele    

Very Sad! I remember watching his show, as a kid, when he'd bring out his white, german shepherd, Happy, to get the audience interested in exercising! He truly was the father of the fitness movement. And never afraid to show he believed God, as he'd always end his show with a God Bless to the audience. A simpler, better time for TV, and America! God Bless, Jack!

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kinm    

great life example
he doesn't look anywhere near his real age

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Michelle    

This was really one cool dude!! RIP!

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anonymous    

rip jack...what an icon...so shocking he passed from pneumonia when he appeared in such great shape.

who he was speaks volumes, in that he has 70 posts prior to mine and EVERYONE IS SO ACKNOWLEDGING, AND THERE IS NOT ONE NEGATIVE WORD SAID ABOUT JACK LA LANE...NOT ONE...BECAUSE. THERE IS NOT ONE NEGATIVE WORD TO SAY ABOUT HIM..HE WAS AN ACE...A HUMBLE, GOD LOVING GREAT MAN, AND A GREAT EXAMPLE TO ALL OF US..GIVE EM HELL UP THERE JACK. GET EM ALL MOVING AGAIN!

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Donna    

Jack was a friend of my Dads, Jack Hope Sr.. They used to work out and body build together in their younger days sometimes @ the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland Oregon. My Dad was Mr.Portland in 1947 and died 8 yrs ago @ the age of 83. Blessings are sent to is family...

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you know it    

nothing bad can be said about this man! a true kind human to the end! RIP

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jseeley    

A Man born WAY before his time. A true legend.

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ernie    

LaLanne, who stood only 5'6", didn't start watching how he lived until he was 15. Born Francois Henri LaLanne in San Francisco (his parents were French immigrants), he felt the effects of sugar and bleached flour in his diet. After hearing a health lecture, he devoted his life to following a diet of raw, unprocessed foods. His staples: two meals a day and no snacks.

And did he ever exercise, relentlessly. At age 60, noted The New York Times, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf while pulling a 1,000-pound boat – and while handcuffed. At 70, shackled again, he pulled 70 people in 70 boats 1½ miles through Long Beach Harbor.

As he liked to say, "I can't die. It would ruin my image."

LaLanne opened the nation's first modern health club in California's Oakland, in 1936, and it featured exercise equipment, a juice bar and health food store. Eventually this developed into a 100-strong Jack LaLanne gym chain across the country. He would also market a highly successful juicer.

His syndicated The Jack LaLanne Show, which opened with his performing jumping jacks under the credits in his signature belted jumpsuits, debuted in daytime in 1959 and ran for 34 years, solidifying his reputation. After more than 3,000 shows, LaLanne, who owned all rights, repackaged the program and leased it to ESPN Classic.

Besides his daughter, Yvonne, he is survived by a son, Dan Doyle; his wife, Elaine; and their son, Jon.

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JUN    

he left a great legacy and lived a long and fruitful life and I think he stayed married to his sweetheart until the very end. May God bless his legacy for helping people to feel great

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Star Whacker    

Oh, man. I love Jack. He's the best! Only man around who can make spandex jumpsuits look sexy.

He'll be missed big time. A true gentleman with lots of class.

Only question left is buried, cremated, or juiced?

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