Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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The image of strength

He joked that dying would wreck his image, but even Jack LaLanne couldn’t live forever. The fitness buff died Sunday at age 96.

LaLanne’s fanaticism about exercising and eating well made him famous — and reportedly kept him healthy and strong into his 90s. Photos of LaLanne in recent years showed a man looking decades younger than he was — the payoff for a lifetime of workouts and fitness feats.

Reports of his death, and tributes to his extraordinary career, abound. Here are links to a couple worth reading:,0,6764075.story