Inventor of Heimlich Maneuver Dead At 96

12/17/2016 10:53 AM PST

The Man Behind The Heimlich Maneuver Has Died

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Dr. Henry Heimlich, the man behind an anti-choking maneuver that's undoubtedly saved thousands of lives has died. 

According to local reports, Heimlich -- inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver -- passed away just after midnight Friday in a Cincinatti, OH care facility. His family released a statement saying, "Dad was a hero to many people around the world for a simple reason: He helped save untold numbers of lives through the innovation of common-sense procedures and devices."

Heimlich's maneuver was used by a few celebs over the years ... Ralphie May put it to work to save a choking baby in June, and Clint Eastwood did the same at a golf tournament in 2014.

Dr. Heimlich was 96 ... feelin' choked up yet?