Louis Zamperini


Age: 97

Summary: Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps and also competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, who was the subject of Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, & Redemption, which was being made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie, and who was to be Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year's Day.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: January 26, 1917

Died: July 2, 2014

Los Angeles, California