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Family, Universal, Jolie, Mourn Passing of Olympian and World War II Hero Louis Zamperini at age 97

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:06 am

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TO BUSINESS EDITORS:

Family, Universal, Jolie, Mourn Passing of Olympian and World War II

Hero Louis Zamperini at age 97

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Zamperini Family

Statement:

"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.  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."

Universal Pictures Statement:

"We are so profoundly sad at this moment and all of our thoughts and

prayers are with the Zamperini family.  Louis was truly one of a kind.

He lived the most remarkable life, not because of the many

unbelievable incidents that marked his near century's worth of years,

but because of the spirit with which he faced every one of them.

 Confronting challenges that would cause most of us to surrender,

Louie always persevered and always prevailed, and he spent the better

part of his lifetime sharing the message that you could do the same.

His example of grace, dignity and resilience inspired all of us lucky

enough to know him and the millions who got to know him from the pages

of Laura's book.  We move forward to the release of 'Unbroken' with a

renewed sense of responsibility in bringing Louie's abundant life and

indomitable spirit to the screen.  Now more than ever, we join

Angelina in honoring the lessons and legacy of this extraordinary man

who has meant so much to so many."

Angelina Jolie Statement:

"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."

SOURCE Universal Pictures

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/CONTACT: Kori Bernards, Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Universal Pictures, (818) 777-7216, kori.bernards@nbcuni.com

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