Longtime San Francisco-born fitness expert Jack LaLanne has passed away, a close friend said.

LaLanne, 96, died at his home in Morro Bay on Sunday, said friend Lee Housekeeper, who has also been LaLanne’s spokesman for various events.

A table will be set this evening at John’s Grill, a historic restaurant at 63 Ellis St. that serves a signature dish, “Jack LaLanne’s Favorite Salad,” Housekeeper said.

The table will have LaLanne’s salad under a picture of him.

In October 2009, the restaurant celebrated LaLanne’s 95th birthday by offering a glass of wine for 95 cents. Ninety-five fitness fans attended and performed 95 pushups, Hauskeeper said.

The Konstin family, who owns John’s Grill, is “deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of their friend and patron,” Housekeeper said.

Those who wish to view the table setting are invited to come by the restaurant at 8:30 p.m.

Saul Sugarman, Bay City News

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