By Randy Economy
January 23, 2011
Morro Bay, Ca –
Sad news tonight. Fitness icon Jack LaLanne has passed away at the incredible age of 96. Amazing man.
LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast.
Man, can you imagine how many millions of lives this one person touched for almost a century?
Just before he had heart valve surgery in 2009 at age 95, Jack Lalanne told his family that dying would wreck his image, his publicist Ariel Hankin said at the time.
LaLanne credited a sudden interest in fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform others' lives, too.
Jack LaLanne was a real "American Idol." I need to do an extra couple of miles on my "power walk" tomorrow to honor his legacy!