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Subject: Olympic runner and WW2 prisoner Louis Zamperini dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/03/14 at 11:08 am

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and American World War Two veteran who survived two years as a prisoner of war, has died at the age of 97.

He died peacefully on Wednesday after a 40-day battle with pneumonia.

"His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days," his family said in a statement.

Zamperini's life was the subject of the 2010 book Unbroken and an upcoming film adaption to be released this year.

The film's director Angelina Jolie said his death was "a loss impossible to describe".

"We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him. We will miss him terribly," she said in a statement.

The son of an Italian-immigrant father, Zamperini was born in 1917 in New York state and ran competitively at his high school and the University of South Carolina.

In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, at 19 years old, he placed eighth in the 5,000m distance run. He ran the last lap in 59 seconds, earning him a handshake from Adolf Hitler.

Subject: Re: Olympic runner and WW2 prisoner Louis Zamperini dies

Written By: LyricBoy on 07/03/14 at 4:54 pm

Wow he was one of the few athletes from the '36 Olympics remaining, taken all too soon.

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