Now that the absolute shock of Jack LaLanne's death is fading a bit, I can't help but going over some nagging questions surrounding his death. No, I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any means. I idolized Jack LaLanne. But still, a few things about the whole situation continue to bother me.
Reports were that he had been sick for a week. Other reports were that he exercised vigorously up until his last day. If he had pneumonia, I can’t fathom a strenuous workout hours before death. And if he had been in such rapidly declining health, why didn’t he go to the hospital? Why didn’t he have the pneumonia vaccine, and if he did – why didn’t it work? Did his heart valve replacement in 2009 contribute?
Again, this isn’t an attack in the least. The whole thing just raises a lot of questions that weren’t answered in the news reports. Jack LaLanne was a public figure for decades and a guru to many because of his lifestyle, good health, and longevity. To simply hear his cause of death isn’t enough for me. And while I’d normally be impressed with anyone making it to 96 years old, Jack LaLanne was somehow supposed to live longer.
With all due respect to this blogger, I don’t believe Jack felt it was time to check out. I’m guessing that Jack may have been stubborn or reluctant to seek medical help when he first showed signs of illness. He often bragged how he never got sick, so did he avoid going to the hospital because of his pride? Even still – shouldn’t he have visited the hospital at some point? He apparently didn’t, as he died at home. There is also a chance that his health may have actually been on the decline over the past few years, due to age – despite his incredible efforts to stave off frailty for years. I’m hoping the answers come out eventually. Jack LaLanne was truly one of the biggest influences in my life. I watched an old interview with him from the 1990’s and he said, “I don’t care how long I live” – he just wanted to truly live while he was here, and that he certainly did.