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A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:01 pm

I received the terrible news today via Facebook from his girlfriend. Airliners.net member Lufthansa747, (Lari-Pekka Kero) has passed away yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 32.
He was most active in the trip reports forums and has a few photos in the database. I’ve meet Lari a few times here in Bangkok. We took one of the last Thai Airways 747-300s in Royal First Class from Bangkok to Hong Kong in 2007. We always liked to compare our favorite airlines and talk about the pros & cons of each airline and such.
He was a great guy and a lot of fun to hang out with. This is comes as a total shock to me. I was looking forward to hanging out with him again in a few months.

Lari was a native of Finland, studied in University here in Bangkok but has lived in The Philippines for the past 5 years.

Here are a few database photos I know he is most proud of as well as me, him and ChrisTao17 hanging out back in 2007.


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Larry and Lari!
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His database photos:
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His profile:
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R.I.P. Lufthansa747   
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:08 pm

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

I received the terrible news today via Facebook from his girlfriend. Airliners.net member Lufthansa747, (Lari-Pekka Kero) has passed away yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 32.

Sadly learnt this from another Anet member today. Quite a shock and my thoughts are with his Family and Friends.

RIP Lari you were taken far too soon .
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:14 pm

R.I.P. a shame to go so young.

Not meaning to thread jack but I was wondering if Geezer may have passed on? Charlie was pretty old and hasn't posted for some time.
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:16 pm

It's always sad to see young people die well before their "time". It is especially hard on family and close friends, but others feel the sadness as well.

All we can do now is wish him and his family Peace.
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:34 pm

Very very sad to hear this news.....very shocking since he was so young.

He was an amazing trip reporter and a great online friend. We used to message several times a week on Facebook.

RIP Lari

You will forever be missed.

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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:22 pm

Man, 32 is not that old at all. I wonder if he had any warning symptoms? My sympathies to his family.
Just shows you that you never know when death is going to sneak up on you and bite you on your a**.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:37 pm

:-(

All deaths are sad, but not all deaths are tragic. This death is tragic.

RIP, fellow avnerd.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:45 pm

Hola!

Really sad to see him go.

May he rest in peace, my prayers go to him, his family ans friends.

He will be missed in the a.net forum, but he will live through his wonderful trip reports.

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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:50 pm

I was sincerely shocked by receiving a private message from his girlfriend this early afternoon, mentioning this terrible news. Way to young to go away from a good life.

I had a lot of contact with Lari until just a few days ago, and he was happy with his girlfriend in Philippines at this time, they just came back from -what now was their last- holiday.

His girlfriends asked us to pray for Lari.

I wish her and Lari's relatives strenght and power to get through this difficult period in their lives, and may Lari rest in peace!

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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:54 pm

Very sad. 32 is no age ... R.I.P
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:54 pm

Can't say i knew the guy, but that sure is sad news, 32 is no age.

Condolences to the bereaved.
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:58 pm

How awful... that's no age at all! My heartfelt condolences.   
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:18 pm

My condolences to his family,friends and girlfriend

May time minimize the pain and maximize the memories.

It always shocks me when people this young pass,

I lost a good friend last year at the age of 33. Never seems quite fair
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:42 pm

So sad, condolences to family and friends. Having just lost my Dad the pain lasts a long time.
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:46 pm

Sad not to have known this vibrant soul, but if he was your friend, Larry, I know I'd have enjoyed his company.

I raise a glass in honor of Lari, secure in the knowledge that, though his life was foreshortened, it was well-lived!
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:02 pm

R.I.P, it's always shocking and very sad when people die so young, way too early...  
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:11 pm

Because we exchange so often,so much on these threads its difficult for me to remember Lufthansa747. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends on they're loss. This rude act of loss is reminder of how we can suddenly go.

R.I.P Lufthansa747!
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:59 am

Gosh, how dreadful. Is it unusual to have a fatal heart attack at 32 if you're not a hardcore druggie (which I am guessing isn't the case here)? Anyone know more details? Allergic reaction maybe? Very sad and a bit scary. We need to take better care of ourselves.

Was also wondering about Geezer's health. Always enjoyed his wacky rants, haven't seen one for a while.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:16 am

Not much one can say, may he rest in peace.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:08 am

I remember Lari's trip reports fondly, very sad news indeed.  
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:37 am

Such tragic news! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:50 am

So Sorry to hear that. My prayers for him and his family and friends. R.I.P.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:13 am

I heard the shocking news yesterday, this is so sad. My condolences to his family and friends.

Lari alias Lufthansa747 was one of the trip reporter pioneers, his work was legendary. He used to inspire me and many others. All those who don't know him or don't remember his work should have a look here:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...p_reports&submit=Search!&starter=1

I met him once in Jakarta and it was a pleasure to talk to him about our beloved hobby. He had many crazy and funny things to tell.

Lari, my friend, rest in peace. You will be missed, but never forgotten.


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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:19 am

Really sad to hear this news.  

Rest in peace!
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:27 am

Way way too early to go.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:39 am

Rest in peace, Lari! Thank you for the memorable chats we had on facebook!  

[Edited 2013-08-31 22:44:26]
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:38 am

Shocking news R.I.P Lari, 32 is no age to go   makes you realize how fragile life really is and how we usually take it for granted  

Condolences to his family and friends.

Coincidentally I was reading his now last TR just a few days ago  

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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:41 pm

Very sad. He got to be 32 years old, and I'm 31 yet.


My condolences to the fellow a.nutter.  


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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:55 pm

Sad to see anyone die nd even sadder when it happens to one so young.

My sympathy to Lari's girl friend, family, friends and all those who will miss him.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:00 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Not meaning to thread jack but I was wondering if Geezer may have passed on? Charlie was pretty old and hasn't posted for some time.
Quoting cedarjet (Reply 17):
Was also wondering about Geezer's health. Always enjoyed his wacky rants, haven't seen one for a while.

I just got an email back from Geezer. He is doing just fine and spending more time other aviation sites.

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 17):
if you're not a hardcore druggie (which I am guessing isn't the case here)? Anyone know more details? Allergic reaction maybe?

He had no drug addictions that I know of. I'm trying to find out from his girlfriend and other mutual friends. I am really curious about this.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:22 pm

I saw your post on FB Larry and I was shocked to hear as well. I saw his trip reports and it's such a shocker to see someone go so soon..... RIP to him, and my condolences to his family.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:23 pm

Way too young to go. Sincere condolences to friends and family, really sad to hear about this.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:31 pm

Terrible news to hear, RIP Lari and my condolences to your loved ones  
Quoting cedarjet (Reply 17):
Is it unusual to have a fatal heart attack at 32

My first thought was sudden arrhythmic death syndrome or cardiomyopathy. Why did I think of that... because I've been putting off getting tested for about four years as I know I already have one if not two of the symptoms. First thing tomorrow I'll be making that call.


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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:19 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 17):
Is it unusual to have a fatal heart attack at 32 if you're not a hardcore druggie (which I am guessing isn't the case here)?

It is and more than one person has PMed me asking me to speculate on possible causes. I gave a list of possible causes of sudden cardiac death in the young, but obviously this is very unusual. The autopsy report will be useful to his family in knowing about any genetic conditions, but it will not be useful to us.

What matters to us is not the cause of death but that he probably died suddenly and with a minimum of suffering and that we will miss his contributions.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:23 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 32):
First thing tomorrow I'll be making that call.

Do it. I am shocked that this guy has died of a heart attack at 32. And other than "gone too soon" people seem to think it's the way of the world. Surely it's highly abnormal to die of a heart attack at such an age. Maybe a thread of condolences isn't the place for it but I think it's an excellent time to discuss health issues in general. I do see a lot of overweight people and wonder what their expectations of personal longevity might be. I was just talking about this the other day with someone, and they pointed out that you never see overweight people in their 60s and 70s.

Well if Lufthansa747's sad demise should have some meaning, we should talk about it. Here's to taking better care of ourselves from now on.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:03 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 34):
Well if Lufthansa747's sad demise should have some meaning, we should talk about it. Here's to taking better care of ourselves from now on.

Exactly! Not having seen a doctor in more than 5 years, Lufthansa747's passing at such a young age has given me another good reason to do so now. Who knows if a hidden danger will be discovered just in time.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:21 pm

It could have been a genetic heart defect that finally got him, sometimes people don't even know they have them until they are in their late 30's / early 40's. It could have been complications from being overweight too.

I also wonder about the level of emergency care in the Philippines, is it up to U.S. standards?

I had an uncle that almost died of a massive coronary at age 62. He said he was pouring a cup of coffee one morning and the next thing he knew he was in the hospital ER. No pain or anything. He wasn't overweight, but was definitely a Type-A personality with a drive to always "get it all done today". His doctors told him due to the damage to his heart from the heart attack he'd only last 5 years at most. At age 83 he's still around and hasn't slowed down one bit. In fact in the winter time he actually goes out ans shovels snow off his driveway just using a shovel!
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:46 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 29):
I am really curious about this.

As is every human in a situation like this. I have some questions about my fathers passing which happened recently as well. That said, you have my sympathies Fly. Condolences to friends and family as well.

I took the time to read his CX trip post. It's very cool to see peoples excitement that still have it flying in this day in age. Actually caught myself grinning a couple times.

RIP Lufthansa747. This from a guy that personally knew a former CEO of LH- Gunter Eser.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:58 pm

That's sad to hear. RIP Seemed like a great guy.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:23 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 29):

I just got an email back from Geezer. He is doing just fine and spending more time other aviation sites.

That's good to hear.
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:27 am

His trip reports will be missed.

My condolences to Family and friends... going at such a young Age...

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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:07 am

R.I.P. fellow a.nutter.   My condolences to his girlfriend, family & friends.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
He was an amazing trip reporter

Indeed, when I read "Lufthansa747" the first thing that came to my mind were his great TRs, always enjoyed reading them.

Lari's passing reminds me of another very popular a.nutter who left us way too early at the age of 34 in 2004, Frank Schaefer, he was probably the most prolific photographer on airliners.net in its early years.
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:44 am

Very sad to hear.  

May he RIP!
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:03 am

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 41):
Lari's passing reminds me of another very popular a.nutter who left us way too early at the age of 34 in 2004, Frank Schaefer, he was probably the most prolific photographer on airliners.net in its early years.

yes it reminded me of Frank too - I can't believe it is already 9 years ago now.. Frank & Lari both great guys with an infectious love of aviation and flying. I've been thinking of going and living in the Philippines myself lately. I think I will get a medical check before I do.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:46 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 29):
I just got an email back from Geezer. He is doing just fine and spending more time other aviation sites.

That's very reassuring. Thanks, Fly.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:20 am

I too got the news during the weekend fro Superfly. Really sad that one of the first people that I knew on A.net has passed. I always remembered in the beginning when I just started to post my TR's, Lari was always guiding me and helping me out on the TR. Also had the pleasure of having lunch with him and his gf in Jakarta a few years back.

RIP Lari...u will be missed!
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:04 pm

I'm in contact with his girlfriend he was supposed to marry next year. The are a lot of things that just doesn't sit well with me but I don't want to jump to conclusions either. I live an a similar developing country as The Philippines. I read of expats dying every single day in ways that just doesn't seem plausible. I don't know of any of his close friends that were there in The Philippines.


Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 32):
My first thought was sudden arrhythmic death syndrome or cardiomyopathy.
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 33):

It is and more than one person has PMed me asking me to speculate on possible causes. I gave a list of possible causes of sudden cardiac death in the young, but obviously this is very unusual. The autopsy report will be useful to his family in knowing about any genetic conditions, but it will not be useful to us.

What matters to us is not the cause of death but that he probably died suddenly and with a minimum of suffering and that we will miss his contributions.

I am really curious as well.

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 34):
I am shocked that this guy has died of a heart attack at 32. And other than "gone too soon" people seem to think it's the way of the world. Surely it's highly abnormal to die of a heart attack at such an age. Maybe a thread of condolences isn't the place for it but I think it's an excellent time to discuss health issues in general.

I was thinking the same.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 36):
I also wonder about the level of emergency care in the Philippines, is it up to U.S. standards?

I have no idea about health services in The Philippines. There seem to be a lot of good nurses that come from there. I guess it all depends on which island you're on. He passed away at his home in Cebu which has Western hospital facilities.
For his family's sake, I hope they do run an autopsy is done.

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 37):
It's very cool to see peoples excitement that still have it flying in this day in age. Actually caught myself grinning a couple times.

He was a great person to travel with as well. He pointed out details even I would over look. I remember him griping about Thai Airways running out of Dom Pérignon in 1st class on the 2 hour flight to Hong Kong.
I had to remind him that we already drank two bottles.  
Quoting neutrino (Reply 44):
That's very reassuring. Thanks, Fly.
Charley is one of the few Anetters I have private conversations with, and sad will be the day when he is no longer around.
The man is a treasure trove of experience and knowledge.
Btw, his indicated interest is "Staying alive till 110".

Yes indeed!
I enjoy exchanging emails with him. That man knows a lot about every single topic that comes up. He stays active in the Tech/ops forums.
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:25 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 34):
I was just talking about this the other day with someone, and they pointed out that you never see overweight people in their 60s and 70s.

I must admit that Lari's untimely death (and that of a few other big people younger then me) is a wake up call for me to try and loose some weight too.
But keep in mind that usually the metabolism changes over 65, my father was also big in his 40-50s but can now (77) be described as skinny, he insists he never went on diet but just lost weight without him doing anything about it. I think metabolism is the reason people are biggest in their 40s-60s and loose weight later in the their lives.
I can also think of a few artists and politicians who are big/overweight and reached their 80s or 90s reasonably healthy, like Helmut Kohl, Oscar Peterson, Jerry Lewis, Ian Paisley, Edward Heath, Carl Barks, Kind Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, but in general statistics proove that, just like with smoking you can die in general about 5 to 20 years younger when you are overweight.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:38 pm

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 47):
I think metabolism is the reason people are biggest in their 40s-60s and loose weight later in the their lives.

At least those who do tend to survive longer.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 47):
I can also think of a few artists and politicians who are big/overweight and reached their 80s or 90s reasonably healthy, like Helmut Kohl

Helmut Kohl is anything but healthy. He's wheelchair-bound and can't really speak any more after a stroke.

His predecessor Helmut Schmidt who is 12 years older and a notorious chain smoker (but has never been fat) is in better shape than Kohl.
 
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RE: A.net Member Lufthansa747 Passed Away At Age 32

Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:48 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 48):
Helmut Kohl is anything but healthy. He's wheelchair-bound and can't really speak any more after a stroke.

Oh I should have researched some of the names I mentioned better. Being remarried with a younger woman and such I thought he was having some nice golden years, being outside Germany I don't hear anything about him nowadays.Same with a few others I mentioned who indeed had weight related illnesses but in general I think I made a valid point that the suggestion that noone overweight will reach 70 is scare mongering.
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