Jack LaLanne was a peppy, iron-pumping, vegetables and fruits devotee who pioneered fitness as a total lifestyle. He opened his first gym when he was still in high school, in 1931, and his television workout show started in the 1950s and ran for 34 years.
LaLanne exercised until his final day, according to his agent Rick Hersh. The beloved guru of sweat died at his California home Sunday.
CNN has unearthed some charming old film of LaLanne - two old workout videos and footage of his 3-mile swim to Alcatraz, handcuffed.
"He was an amazing guy. I can't think of who - I guess Charles Atlas - would have been the predecessor for Jack LaLanne," CNN's Larry King said Sunday.
LaLanne had made several appearances on King's CNN show. He described to King the experience that inspired him to devote his life to fitness. Dressed in his trademark warm-up track suit, LaLanne recalled being a 15-year-old "troublemaker" who, instead of going to school, went to a lecture about health.
An underweight teen who had a diet of cookies and cake, LaLanne was riveted when he learned, "If you obeyed nature's law, you can be born again."
So he went home and "talked to God," LaLanne said. He immediately changed his diet, became a vegetarian and began a life of physical activity.