Fitness guru Jack Lalanne died of respitory failure due to pneumonia at the age of 96 in his home in California this past Sunday. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine, two sons Dan and Jon and a daughter, Yvonne.
Elaine was a frequent partner on Lelanne´s televisised exercise show that ran from the 50´s to the 70´s. Elaine said, "I have not only lost my husband, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for."
Lelanne, son to poor French immigrants and a sugar addict, began exercising when he heard Paul Bragg speak about the benefits of a vegetarian diet including brown rice and whole wheat. Mr. Bragg said to Lelanne, "Jack, you´re a walking garbage can".