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. Alayne

    Its sad that CNN did not have an obit ready for Jack on file, they only had about 30 years to do it!

    January 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred L. Fraud

      You are insignificant

      January 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      They prepared a lengthy obituary for him at the end of an average lifespan. But, it got covered with dust while they were waiting. He turned 66 the year CNN first went on air. This guy will probably carry his own casket at the funeral.

      January 24, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      (if you can go on air on cable)

      January 24, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cam

    I can remember him through most of my life in his jump suit doing exercises, pushing his fitness clubs and then his juicer. He will be missed.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bruce

    Jack – God Rest Your Soul. RIP.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rod Venger

    Holy smokes. I was watching him do his thing 50 years ago on TV...

    January 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    RIP Jack...a true American original who set a positive trend for this country

    January 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim O

    What a wonderful man, great inspiration and motivator
    God's speed ! You made a lot of people healthier, aware of the pitfalls of being overweight.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BIG MAMA CORNBREAD

    Angel Speed Jack LaLanne,...You have Taught The World all about Health and Fitness...Jack would have been a great Surgeon General...Mr. LaLanne,...you will be sorely missed...You my friend are One In A Million....There are few good people in this World....now minus one...I grew up watching you on TV with my Grand RIP..No one could ever replace Jack...Thank You for your Dedication...

    January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DCLXVI

    1974 (age 60): For the second time, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf. Again, he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lidia

    RIP Jack, i remember going to his gym ln Los Angeles back in the 80's, he will be missed, hope i get to live his age and look as good as he did at 96, 46 more years to go. i also workout 3x a week.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maxim

    I always looked to Jack LaLanne (for those too young to remember, THE TV exercise guru of the 50's and 60's LONG before Jane Fonda came onto that scene) as about as far as one could extend a healthy lifespan w/o genetic modifications. This guy was as healthy in his 80s as most folks are in their 40s-50s. I too was rooting that he'd be a centenarian but regardless it was HOW he lived his life that we should all take an example from. May we all be as healthy in our 90s as he was.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. antonio

    mr. Jack Lalane is a inspiration for all logical souls.I will see you again in our gym in the sky.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Larry

    A positive role model for all people. A great man that took God's gift of life very seriously.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    I think we all remember how he used to celebrate his birthday...by swimming to Catalina Island, IIRC, while dragging a boat. He still had that unique ability well into his 80's. And long before there was a Debbie Drake, or Judi "Jazzercise" Missett, or even Jane Fonda, LaLanne harnessed the power of TV to promote physical fitness. May we all live long and healthy lives as a result.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sway

    ...and he didn't have himself laminated the way Dick Clark did.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. louis robert

    I am sad to hear that Mr Jack Lalanne died. That TV spot about the flag was priceless then and it is priceless now. Mr Lalanne will be taking care the angles in heaven now, making sure that they are in shape.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
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