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Our American Hero.

Dear faithful students,
Yesterday we lost a dear friend, a devoted husband, a loving father, a true hero to us all.

Jack died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast. He was surrounded with his loving family, his wife Elaine of 51 years, daughter Yvonne and sons Danny and Jon.

Jack has left the world a happy, healthier, more fit place, and his legacy will live on forever.

Remember as Jack would say:
“Anything in Life is Possible, if YOU Make it Happen!” ~Jack LaLanne

439 Responses to “Our American Hero.”

  1. Cindy says:

    Jack, you changed my life. I will always let you come into my livingroom, by way of computer every day. You will be missed very much. God bless you and your loved ones in this sad time.

  2. Kevin becker says:

    One of the greats is gone. He will be dearly missed. We will all do well to remember and follow all the great things he did. Jack would tell us to never give up the fight for what is true and correct.

  3. Michael says:

    At present; I have a life-threatening disease. I would have been dead last year or in grave condition this year, if I hadn’t of hired my personal trainer and started seriously working out. My wife has Cancer, and exercise has helped her physically but above all, mentally. Jack is the reason personal trainers and gym’s exist. We all will die at some point of this journey, but the legacy should never fade if we truly meant something to the people who knew us or knew about us. Rest in Peace Jack. And Thank You for the knowledge and love you have given us.

  4. Michelle says:

    My belated condolences to the LaLanne family. Jack was an inspiration to millions. The best thing I enjoy about him was his good common sense approach to physical fitness.

  5. Mike says:

    God bless you Jack. You paved the way for fitness excellence for all. We have you to thank for your inspiration, motivation and above all, a true gentleman!

  6. Nari says:

    My Sincerest Sympathy to family and friends of this truly wonderful man. I’ve only just read about him in today’s West Australian newspaper. He reminds me very much of my own dad.Jack may have passed but his inspiration will soar eternally…. let us have gratitude for all that he was as an individual and the many lives he has touched, Blessings.

  7. Annie says:

    You were my greatest inspiration and you will be missed. My codolences to Elaine and family.

  8. Ray Ohio says:

    Jack LaLanne left an immeasurable impact on literally an uncountable number of lives in the past, present and future. He was the real deal and actually lived the life he preached. Behind every great man is a great woman and Jack couldn’t have done any better than his help mate Elane. Living fit until the rype young age of 96 is a testimony to the truths he and Elane advocated during their lifetime together. What an amazing legacy that he has left.

  9. RB says:

    you changed my life for the better jack. i will always be grateful.

  10. Jeri Peratis says:

    When I read of the passing of Jack I cried. What an inspiration and a role model he was. Total fitness with only a towel and a chair! I watched him on TV when I was a kid. (ten years old). Jack believed that exercise was the best medicine and he was so right. I will never forget you, Jack. I wish to convey my sincere condolences to his family and friends. God Bless.

  11. Ton Muller says:

    He was my role model all the time and now I must follow the way he had shown me and hope I can show it to others as well.

  12. Jan McClure says:

    He will be truly missed. I watched Jack on TV when I was a young girl and I’ve always been a believer. He gave us a great gift in sharing his knowledge on great health and living. We’ve lost a great man but he will be with us in spirit.

  13. Jennifer Pardo says:

    Since I was 3, my grand-father lived and breathed Jack’s words of health and instilled that same belief into all of his family. I knew this day would come, and you can never be prepared to lose anyone, but I am confident that Jack may be among the few people to smile at the end and be extremely proud of his life’s accomplishments. My Grandfather passed on Jan 22, 2000 and I now I pass on Jack’s legacy of health and fitness to my children. We will miss your endurance Jack. Much love and blessings to his family. It’s an honor to have been able to watch Jack all these 40 some odd years.

  14. Chris says:

    Jack will forever be a hero of mine, and always a great source of inspiration.

    May the great man rest in peace.

  15. Daniel says:

    When I heard about Jack’s passing it was as if I had just heard that Superman was gone. I was in shock, and I didn’t even know him. I will always remember It’s not how long you live your life, It’s how you live your life. Thanks Jack.

  16. James says:

    Jack helped me transform my outlook on life as well as my body’s. This man was a well of knowledge that should never be forgotten.

    Miss you Jack.

  17. Barb says:

    Dear Elaine and family,

    My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

    I found out about Jack’s passing just now as I visited this site after re-reading his book Live Young Forever.

    His legacy of work continues in my household as my 16 year old daughter – a competitive dancer – also makes healthier choices as a result of reading Jack’s book. A testament to how his life’s work transcends generations.

    God bless you all!

  18. Darren Hopkins says:

    Jack, they broke the mold after you were made. You will ALWAYS be an inspiration. Your strongest muscle was your loving heart. Rest In Peace my mighty friend!

  19. Dan says:

    God Bless you Jack. You did the job God sent you here to do! You helped millions of people improve their lives.

  20. linda says:

    Really so sorry to hear we lost Jack. What a great healthy life he lived

  21. Chad says:

    Im 41 yrs old and became aquainted with Jack about 7 or 8 yrs ago when I started getting into fitness. He was an inspiration to me and as such has helped me stay focused on staying in shape. He just had a wonderful spirit and was great at what he did. He will be missed. My condolences to his wife and children.

  22. Lou says:

    I always tell people that Jack LaLanne is one of my heroes. I still can’t believe we lost him. Jack was an inspiration is so many ways. His super strength and stamina, his incredible discipline, his great patriotism, and, of course, the fact that he taught the whole country about fitness. What a guy! How could you Not admire him?

    Jack, I won’t say “Rest in Peace”, because Im sure that’s the LAST thing you’re doing up there! I bet you’ve already started giving classes!

  23. Gary says:

    I just came across some old videos of Jack and it is amazing how even in the 50′s he knew to keep things simple to improve your health. Well done Jack on what your life has achieved.

  24. Tom says:

    Dear Elaine & Family:

    I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart that my prayers of support and healing go out to all of you during your time of loss. I also wanted to let all of you know briefly how wonderfully special Jack and his message of nutrition and fitness was (and still is!) in my life.

    See, I lost my father in 2008 at 71 years old due to his life of poor nutrition, vices, and generally sedentary living. My father was a poor health role model. Jack, however became my role model — A distant, surrogate father figure of sorts. Jack was someone I admired and looked up to. He was a man of great honor and personal pride who cared about his God-given temple of life (his body). I could tell from the many T.V. appearances that he was a loving husband and father and an honest, true humanitarian. Jack was the type of man I was inspired to be. Today, I’m extraordinarily healthy and I owe allot of it to Jack’s wisdom and teachings over the years.

    Right now, thousands upon thousands of people Jack influenced are now carrying the torch for him — Inspired and spreading the message of nutrition and fitness that he set in motion years ago. I think that’s what Jack really wanted — To help people help themselves so they can help others.

    Jack’s spirit lives on in the hearts and souls of all those he touched, including me. A true great American hero. Jack will never be forgotten.

    Warm regards,

    Tom

  25. TC says:

    God bless you Jack and thank you so much for teaching us how to live right. To me it even went deeper than just fitness, you taught me a way of life I will cherish till the end.

    My condolences to the LaLanne family.

  26. David Czifra says:

    I could never fully express my gratitude for all that Jack has brought to my life with his zest for living and as a constant source of inspiration. While we are all saddened by his passing, I know that Jack will be a guiding light in our lives always. My deepest condolences to Elaine and family.

  27. james mauro says:

    An American Icon way ahead of his time an inspiration .I can watch his shows on his website and it is incredible .He is still the greatest physical fitness motivator of all time.Just watching his shows again puts a gigantic smile to my face.God bless you Jack .We will miss you.

  28. Bobbi says:

    I just learned of Jack’s passing. I’m so sorry, and feel as stunned as if I’d lost a friend. What a wonderful role model for so many of us.
    Belated comfort to his family and friends.

  29. Pat Lovell says:

    I know this is late, but I did want to say that Jack was instrumental in my life with getting fit back when I was in High School. Later I kind of got out of the habit, but now have been back exercising with him online and with his dvds for several years now. He has really been a blessing in my life and I will definitely miss him, but will not forget him. Elaine and family, may God bless and comfort ya’ll in your loss.

  30. Ken Thomas says:

    There are only a few people that are true-life role model heroes. These are one-in-a-million types who have tenacity, dedication, determination, and will power, beyond the average person, to push their dream to reality. I certainly don’t know, or can list all of them, but a few of my favorite role models, include Burt Monroe, Homer Hickam, Chris Gardner, Wilma Rudolph, and, of course, Jack Lalanne.

    These are people who push, with unyielding resolve and stamina, through incredible obstacles to astonishing achievements beyond even those without obstacles.

    Jack Lalanne is a true one-in-a-million life hero. His life has enriched the lives of countless individuals worldwide. Jack Lalanne is a role model for role models – A true Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

    Thank you, Jack.

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  33. kathy hamilton says:

    I cannot believe that Jack Lalanne has died. He was my hero, and I start my day out doing one of Jack’s fitness dvd’s each day. I feel much better when I start my day with Jack. I will continue each and every day with Jack. Elaine and his family our in my prayers.

  34. Perry says:

    I am, in a sense, a product of Jack LaLanne’s teachings. My mother was asthmatic as a child and decided for herself that she would be normal and healthy. As a young woman she went to a talk by Jack LaLanne in Oakland CA. part of her regimen of athletics and eating right. She worked out in his gym and played tennis with Jack at the Claremont hotel in Berkeley. She would later raise her children in a health-conscious way. I believe I was of the few in our neighborhood that ate yogurt regularly, brown bread, and a handful if vitamin pills with a glass of carrot juice — in the Fifties..! I pf oourse still eat that way. Thanks Jack.

  35. Robert Brehm says:

    I have been emulating Jack LaLanne for over 50 years. At 66, I still compete in natural body-building contests and try not to miss an opporunity to help and motivate others, as Jack motivated me. I wish I had the pleasure of meeting Jack during his long and productive life.

  36. Jamie says:

    My husband,son,and I have been watching the episodes of the Jack LaLanne show on our computer every morning. My son is so excited and pulled me in by the arm to do the exercises with him….just like Jack asked him to!
    It is wonderful to see my son so enthusiastic about physical activity! Jack is an inspiration to anyone smart enough to listen and the world is better for having had him in it. My heart goes out to his family, thank you for sharing him with me and my family.

  37. jule says:

    My thoughts and prayers. May Jack’s soul be blessed, as was his life and may all of his loved ones be comforted. Jack helped save the lives of millions…thanks for this website and the classic TV episodes, the products and information available and for the motivation…

  38. Jerry McKenzie says:

    I’m crying

  39. Nick says:

    Hello Jack,

    Thank you for being such a great man in your time here on Earth. Rest in peace.

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