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The Great Joe Rollino

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104 and killed by a mini-van...

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NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Joe Rollino, known as the Great Joe Rollino when he was a professional strongman, died at 104 in New York after being hit by a car during his daily walk.

Rollino died a few hours after he was hit while jaywalking in southern Brooklyn at 7 a.m. Monday, The New York Times reported.

In addition to performing as a strongman at Coney Island, Rollino worked as a professional boxer and a longshoreman. He was small for a strongman, standing 5-foot-5, and weighing 125 to 150 pounds.

"Pound for pound, in the feats that he practiced, he was one of the greatest performing strongmen we've ever had, if the lifts he's credited with are accurate," said Terry Todd of the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at the University of Texas.

A vegetarian who abstained from alcohol and tobacco and walked 5 miles a day, Rollino continued to perform feats of strength at a time when most of his contemporaries were dead. Charles Denson, author of "Coney Island: Lost and Found," told the Times he attended Rollino's 103rd birthday party. The Great Joe Rollino bent a quarter with his fingers.

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