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101-year-old fan of Pacquiao killed by 91-year-old driver in US

A memorial to Otto Jensen, a 101-year-old man who was struck and killed by a car driven by 91-year-old woman Tuesday, showing him as a 19-year-old boxer in 1930, and other photos, is seen just outside Jensen's photography studio on Olive Avenue in Burbank, California, Thursday. AP

BURBANK, California—Even at 101 years old, Otto Jensen showed little sign of slowing down. The former boxer from Denmark, an avid fan of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, still ran a photography studio and often could be seen crossing the street in front of it to get to a senior center he frequented.

On Tuesday night, while crossing that four-lane Burbank street, Jensen was struck and killed by a car driven by a 91-year-old woman.

Jensen was a well-known figure in his hometown, where he served as grand marshal of the city’s centennial parade last year. His death saddened the community just north of Los Angeles. A poster tied to a tree near the crash scene had photos of Jensen, including one taken in 1930 when he was a 19-year-old boxer nicknamed “Bonecrusher.” Another was dated last year, when he turned 100.

Someone left a quote attributed to Jensen and placed it among the photos on the tree.

“I believe there is something truly beautiful beyond death that we can only glimpse but never fully understand,” the quote read.

Jensen, who ran his photo studio for 60 years, remained interested in boxing and was an avid fan of Pacquiao, the world champion fighter from the Philippines. In an interview last year with the sports web site ESNEWS, Jensen lauded Pacquiao as the greatest ever and spoke about living so long. He demonstrated a quick wit and even shadow boxed briefly.

When asked what it feels like to be 100, Jensen quipped: “The same as 99.” Jensen said he smoked two cigars a day and had an 87-year-old girlfriend. The secret to life, he said, was “to live and love.” Then, after a pause, he added: “But you need a few women to do that.”

Police are unsure what led to the accident but said Jensen was crossing legally, although there wasn’t a crosswalk where he was hit and he nearly was across the street when he was struck.

The driver, Mary Beaumont, stopped at the scene but was not arrested or cited. She said Wednesday that she was fine and declined further comment.

Norman Sutcliffe, a screenwriter, lives in an apartment near the accident scene and was watching “American Idol” when he heard an enormous crash. Moments later, a young woman told him she had seen Jensen “jogging” across the street before he was struck.

The impact sent him flying through the air, Sutcliffe said the woman told him.

Sutcliffe hurried to Jensen’s aid.

“I said, ‘Sir, are you OK? You had an accident. Help is on the way,’” Sutcliffe said. “I’ve never seen more blood in my life.”

Sutcliffe said elderly citizens often cross the busy intersection to go to the senior center. He’s called police, expressing concern.

Jensen lived in a house behind his studio, where the front windows are adorned with black-and-white photos of children. Family members and friends who gathered at Jensen’s home declined to comment.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSZ6LZW2VYMUQUEVGC36NHWV6Q Anonymous

    So, who says that the Aquino administration has no peace program for Mindanao?

  • Phenoy

    God Bless his soul.

  • Ben

    not only she’s a 91 years old but also she’s a lady… how come she’s still driving?

  • AFPako

    NO charges for a 91 yr old. Exempted ! Thats one of the perks being a senior citizen, lol

    • ThudOthwacker

      Sorry US don’t have the Gloria law. Lightest sentence she could get. If this was her first offence was community service.

  • tvnatinto

    wow 101 & he didnt even die of natural causes

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NNAJQQUKFAB4DITXYZPSG26FYA Martin

      That means all of us must go someday no matter how old.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zsolt.vasko.31 Zsolt Vaskó

    like as Joe Rollino on January 11, 2010.



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