Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne Dies at 96

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Jack LaLanne, considered the founding father of the fitness movement, died Sunday at his home in Morro Bay, California, USA Today reports.

LaLanne was known for promoting strength training and healthful eating before they were popular, as well as for his trademark one-piece jumpsuit and a longstanding syndicated exercise show.

“You've got to work at living. Ninety-nine and nine-tenths of Americans work at dying,” he'd say, according to USA Today. “You've got to eat right, exercise, and have goals and challenges. Exercise is king; nutrition is queen. Put 'em together, and you've got a kingdom.”

On Friday, LaLanne had trouble breathing, and doctors said he had pneumonia. His family brought him home to recover, but nothing worked, and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday he died. But his vision and dedication to the health and well being of Americans lives on.

Read our November 1995 profile of LaLanne to find out what made him such a fitness animal.

–Nick Davidson

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