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JACK LALANNE, TV’S LONGTIME FITNESS COACH, DEAD AT 96

January 24, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Veteran fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who famously remarked that dying would damage his image, has died of pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, CA at age 96. Far from harming his image, his death evoked widespread expressions of admiration for his contributions to physical fitness and overall good health. In the early ’50s, LaLanne became the first to bring an exercise program to television, starting off first as a local program in San Francisco and going to national TV in 1959. It lasted in one form or another for nearly 30 years and can still be seen in reruns on ESPN Classic. “He never lost enthusiasm for life and physical fitness,” former Price Is Right host Bob Barker told the Associated Press on Sunday. “I saw him in about 2007 and he still looked remarkably good. He still looked like the same enthusiastic guy that he always was.”