Jack LaLanne eulogized in Calif as 'true saint'

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 6:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack LaLanne is being remembered in Los Anglees by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other fitness buffs who call him a pioneer.

Schwarzenegger told mourners at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills memorial park that LaLanne was a "true saint" who helped millions of people avoid poor health.

He compared LaLanne to leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

LaLanne was 96 when he died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his Morro Bay home on Jan. 23.

He was an apostle of fitness decades before celebrity exercise gurus began to flood the airwaves.

As early as 1936, he opened a gym that encouraged weight-training for women, and his TV show offered viewers ways to shape up.

Preaching exercise and a healthy diet, LaLanne also wrote books and marketed supplements and juicers.

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