He’s Taken His Last Swim To Alcatraz

RIP, Jack LaLanne

(Reuters) – Jack LaLanne, a one-time sugar-holic who became a television fitness guru preaching exercise and healthy diet to a generation of American housewives, died on Sunday at age 96, his daughter said.

LaLanne, who became U.S. television fixture in his close-fitting jumpsuit starting in 1959 and came to be regarded as the father of the modern fitness movement, succumbed to pneumonia following a brief illness at his home in Morro Bay, along the California’s central coast.

“He was surrounded by his family and passed very peacefully and in no distress … and with the football game on Sunday, so everything was normal,” Yvonne LaLanne, 66, told Reuters.

…”I can’t die,” Jack LaLanne would say. “It would ruin my image.”

7 Responses to “He’s Taken His Last Swim To Alcatraz”

  1. Syd B; says:

    More recently, the Juicer Guy. I remember him from the 60’s on our black and white. Seemed like a great guy. RIP

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    He was always very positive and upbeat, wasn’t he Syd?

  3. tree hugging sister says:

    The coolest of dudes. I hope they’ve got a huge honkin’ box o’ Twinkies or DingDongs for him up there. He’s earned them.

  4. Gary from Jersey says:

    There was a pretty good bar right next to his health club a couple miles from here. I’ll always appreciate him for that.

  5. nightfly says:

    The man is probably trying to get St Peter to walk to the Pearly Gates every morning, instead of taking the express chariot. RIP.

  6. Dr Alice says:

    I remember his TV show from when I was a kid. He struck me as a good guy who really practiced what he preached.

  7. Jim - PRS says:

    I remember his daytime TV exercise show. Cool guy with high energy, but I must admit: the ballet shoes spooked me.

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