Louis Zamperini, former Olympian runner, World War II hero and subject of the best-selling novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, has died, according to a report in USA Today. He was 97, the report said.
Unbroken was Agoura Hills’ “One City, One Book” selection for 2013. Zamperini spoke at two sold-out programs in May at the Regency Agoura 8 Theatre. He had recently been named Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade.
Zamperini, who grew up in Torrance and lived in Los Angeles, survived nearly seven weeks at sea, followed by a two years of torture as a Japanese POW after his plane crashed into the Pacific in May of 1943.