Jack LaLanne Passes Away at 96 Years Old After Decades of Being Face of Fitness

by NESN Staff

January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne Passes Away at 96 Years Old After Decades of Being Face of Fitness Jack LaLanne, a fitness pioneer who began promoting healthy lifestyles as a teenager in the 1930s and through his fitness show that aired through the 1950s-70s, passed away over the weekend in California at 96 years old.

Known for his chiseled arms, popular Power Juicer machine and freakish feats of strength (that included swimming from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco — handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat — at the age of 60), LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia on Sunday.

LaLanne worked out every day until his death, according to his agent, Rick Hersh. In 2006, LaLanne even joked that “I can’t afford to die. It would wreck my image.”

In honor of LaLanne, I encourage everyone out there and run a few miles, drop down and give yourself 20, or simply chug a delicious glass of carrot juice.

Photo of the day

LaLanne performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes at age 43. How many can you do in that span? Share your well-wishes, thoughts and prayers to the LaLanne family in the comments section below.

Jack LaLanne Passes Away at 96 Years Old After Decades of Being Face of Fitness

Quote of the day

“The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.”
–Jack LaLanne (1914-2011)

Comment of the day

The Monday Morning Cubicle Quarterbacks have become Monday morning comedians.

“–THIS JUST IN!!!!! Jets fans using there Sanchez Jersey’s as tissue paper to wipe there noses with–“
–Ryan

Video of the day

The author of this clip, who claims it to be the “greatest putt-putt shot of all time,” couldn’t have described it better.

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