U.S. war hero Louis Zamperini, inspiration for 'Unbroken,' dead at 97: Variety

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Posted: Jul 03, 2014 8:26 AM

(Reuters) - Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film "Unbroken," has died at age 97, Variety reported on Thursday.

Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said in a statement, according to Variety.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Susan Heavey)