DEAD: Johnny Weissmuller

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Johnny Weissmuller (aged 79)
-American swimmer and actor (Tarzan)


Johnny Weissmuller (2 June 1904 – 20 January 1984) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American competition swimmer and actor, best known for playing Edgar Rice Burroughs’s ape man Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s and for having one of the best competitive swimming records of the 20th century.

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DEATH: On January 20, 1984, Weissmuller died from pulmonary edema at the age of 79. He was buried just outside Acapulco, Valle de La Luz at the Valley of the Light Cemetery. As his coffin was lowered into the ground, a recording of the Tarzan yell he invented was played three times, at his request. He was honored with a 21-gun salute, befitting a head-of-state, which was arranged by Senator Ted Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan.

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