POPULAR HEALTH, SPORT MEDICINE
Author (1932-1984) of The Complete Book of Running, a national bestseller, who was the face of the fitness craze that swept the USA in the late 1970s to early 1980s.
Fixx converted himself from a 100 kg (220 lb), 2-pack-a-day cigarette smoker into a long-distance runner; the epitomy of health. He died in 1984 at the age of 52 whilst on a 10-mile run, giving pause to many whose New Year’s resolutions included getting in shape. In fairness to Fixx, he had a genetic predisposition–his dad died of a heart attack, stress—two divorces, and history of smoking.