Fitness maven Jack LaLanne dies

Posted by Rachel Folz - email

(CNN) - Fitness guru Jack LaLanne is dead.

His agent says LaLanne died Sunday afternoon from respiratory failure, caused by pneumonia, at his California home.

LaLanne promoted exercise and fitness for decades.

He opened his own health spa in 1936 -- long before the fitness craze hit the US.

Later, LaLanne hosted a workout show on TV, which debuted in 1959.

TV audiences also knew LaLanne from late-night infomercials.

Jack LaLanne was 96-years-old.