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Fitness guru Jack LaLanne died of respiratory failure from pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morrow Bay, CA.

In a written statement, Elaine LaLanne, Jack’s wife of 51 years said, “I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.”

According to Lalanne’s agent, Rick Hersh, he ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end.

Known as “the godfather of fitness,” LaLanne hosted a television show between 1951 and 1985, and wrote numerous fitness books.

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