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Louis Zamperini Dead - Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Subject Dies at 97

Louis Zamperini Dead - Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Subject Dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, the World War II hero who is the inspiration for Angelina Jolie‘s upcoming movie Unbroken, has passed away at the age of 97.

“Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge,” his family said in a statement (via THR). “He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days.”

Angelina also released a statement, saying “It is 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.”

We send out our thoughts and condolences to Louis‘ family during this difficult time.

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