Jack LaLanne dead at 96
January 23rd, 2011
10:15 PM ET

Jack LaLanne dead at 96

American fitness guru Jack LaLanne died Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay, California, according to his long-time agent, Rick Hersh. He was 96.

The cause, said Hersh, was respiratory failure due to pneumonia. LaLanne had been ill for the past week.  His wife, Elaine, was at his side, along with his family and friends, Hersh said.

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  1. Joe M

    he didn't do to bad for making it through 35,183 days

    January 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nick

    It isn't so much that he lived to 96, but that he lived WELL until he was 96. Every one slows down as they age, but Jack proved that you can live young for a long, long time.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack you were one of the Greatest

    After a lifetime career this pathetic one liner is all you gave to Jack – Shame on you CNN!!! -God bless your soul Jack!- You were and are an American Original! – From your teen years all the way up to towing boats from Alactraz Island shackled and Chained! – Even your Juice Man juiceer got America to eat healthy – I remember the show when I was a kid when he had the German Shepards! – He really along with Paul Bragg, not to mention Gypsy Boots are the REAL pioneers of fitness for the masses – The USA needs more Jack Lalannes!!!

    January 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • midwestmatt

      I believe there will be more as it comes out. CNN was just letting us know and I'm sure they'll give more details as they emerge.

      January 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Falkentyne

    So how exactly did he die? The guy at 95 was in better shape than many people in their 50's....
    Was it related to that heart surgery he had? If it was, then he didn't really die of old age at all, but complications from that surgery....because he was in GREAT shape otherwise....

    I expected him to reach 120....

    January 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jane

    Next workout is for you Jack. Loved ya and are going to miss you like crazy!

    January 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ron

    God bless the man and his lovely wife. He as very kind and good person. He had one of the first TV shows. He had a great white dog (like a husky). He had such a vibrant life. He WILL BE MISSED!

    January 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry Smith

      Hey Ron, Jack Lalanne's white dog was german shepherd. His name was Happy!

      January 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    Yet we're still stuck with Tony Little.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jo

    His juicer is the best

    January 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SB

    Too many he was just the JUICE man o TV in his later years. But to many of us BOOMERS he was the first person alive who ever even mentioned EXERCISE.. it was a foreign concept in the 50's and 60"s when he was at his very best. To those of us lucky enough to have grown up with him working out on TV... and double lucky enough to live near his current home in beautiful Morro Bay, California, he was a real guy.. People saw him walking around town, eating healty meals in local seafood restaurants. He once sponaneously pulled up a chair at my sister's table in MB and told her about the importance of healthy living... this was just a year or two ago. He was the real deal and he lived what he preached. HE INvENTED the fitness industry. God bless his lovely wife and family. They never did anything but try and inspire people to reach new heights. The Central Coast of CA was lucky to have him spend his later years with us. And we are glad he was able to enjoy this beautiful, unspoiled area of the state.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BGK

      Very well said, and thank you for your personal take. I remember him primarily from the juice shows, but I got a kick out of his zest for life. I started juicing and walking 11 years ago and lost 80#, which I have kept off. He was an educator for a person like me who grew up on deep fried soul food & sugary junk.

      January 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maxhedroom

    Jack was an amazing guy. A pioneer and visionary, he recommended weight lifting and cardio when doctors thought exercise was harmful and smoking was good for you. He did much good for the world and will be missed.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robbie Bakeley

    no more dead lifts

    January 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. zukki

    RIP Jack. I'm sure that you will keep the angels in shape.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trin

    A very avid voice in the world of fitness beginning in 1951 with TV's very first workout show! He maintained "life is meant to be lived!" May he rest in peace!

    January 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    Quite a guy. Those of you under 50 who don't remember him on TV, check Wikipedia and read up on the amazing physical things he did at age 60-70-80, etc.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kenny

    RIP Joe.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
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