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Guest Dies During TV Talk Show On June 5, 1971, Jerome Irving Rodale (pictured here) was a guest on Dick Cavett's prime time talk show. Rodale, a pioneer in organic foods and a longevity guru, had stated he intended to live to be 100 years old. When Cavett began interviewing his next guest (political journalist Pete Hammill), Rodale made a snoring-like sound and slumped over. Cavett thought Rodale had fallen asleep. 'Are we boring you, Mr. Rodale?' asked Cavett. Nope. The 72-year-old Rodale had succumbed to a fatal heart attack. The show was never aired.
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Added: 5th April 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-05 
If you're going to die, it might as well be an ironic death.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-04-05 
Irony of ironies! Rodale was born with a heart condition and took great care of himself. While 72 years was the average life span at that time, it goes to show you that nothing s ever guaranteed.
Posted by: Naomi on 2009-04-05 
At this point I truly believe that no matter how well you take care of yourself during your lifetime, when it's your time to go, you will.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-05 
Right on, Naomi: Pass the double cheeseburgers!
Posted by: Classico on 2009-04-05 
Naomi is correct. One of my best buddies was a health food buff who took excellent care of himself. So well, in fact, that I thought he would live to 150 years. He got sick and passed only a few months later at age 41.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-05 
Enjoy live. Tomorrow is not assured. I am 45 years old. Think of all the famous people I've outlived. Off the top of my head...

Marilyn Monroe
Elvis Presley
Lou Gehrig
Pete Maravich
Wallace Reid
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tyrone Power
Roberto Clemente
Glenn Miller
Jayne Mansfield
James Dean
Posted by: Chicosue on 2009-12-04 
Very sad-yes, when your # is up, no matter how you live your life, it will be over. You can be a runner guru like Jim Fix(?) and pass young, or a Jack Lalanne. Just need to live the best way you can.
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