If you’re like me, you thought Jack LaLanne would live to be 150. Struggling from pneumonia, his health took a turn for the worse over the past week, and Mr. LaLanne passed away this afternoon at his Morro Bay, California, home. He was 96 years old–he was surrounded by family and friends, including his wife Elaine.
You’re probably quite familiar with Jack LaLanne, regardless of which generation you’re a member of. If you’re older, you know Jack as the fitness guru who made physical fitness a popular pursuit–the first to really bring it through the medium of television.
From isometric exercises to cardiovascular exercises to doing more push-ups than you would think humanly possible, LaLanne shared his passion for fitness and clean livin’ with the world.
Those of younger generations are probably more familiar with the “old fit guy” who promoted his line of power juicers. (As a quick aside, if you’re in the market for a juicer, you won’t find a better one for your buck.) That was kind of the way Jack LaLanne rolled–for decades, he was always looking for a way to promote a healthful lifestyle to every generation. He was definitely no nonsense when it came to health and fitness, and he believed it was something that everyone could do.
During a recent appearance on ESPN’s First Take, he was as candid and feisty as ever. When asked by Jay Crawford what he did to stay in shape at 90-plus, he replied that he “towed his wife across the bathtub.” His charm, charisma and character will certainly be missed.
Thoughts and prayers for the LaLanne family.