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Yitzhak Shamir, Statesman, Israel, died 2012 June 30, age 97
Shih Kien 石堅, HK Movie Actor, 'Enter the Dragon', died 2009 June 3, age 96.
Doris Singleton, Actress, 'I love Lucy' died 2012 June, age 92
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Andy Williams, Singer: 'Moon River', 'Love Story', died 2012 Sep, age 84
Nora Ephron, Filmmaker; died 2012 June 26; age 71

References: 
Comment:
   In 'Losing It', William Ian Miller’s book about his experience of aging, and a tour-de force of hypochondriacal free association, informs his readers that
   “more than half the people between the ages of sixty-five and seventy-four surveyed in a National Council on Aging study in 2002 thought of themselves as middle aged or young, as did a third of those over seventy-five.”
Reference:

Medical Longevity : 

 Not as simple as an Exercise to Live Longer....nor pain begets gain...
   This listing, currently incomplete and needing more data, is a preliminary comparison of person to exercise and lifestyle influencing... collectively the span of ones' life: lifespan. It is not as simple as saying Tai-chi-principles vs. the flowing, flexible principles of LHBF offer superior lifespan. It does imply that objectives that are totally martial may not be the best for disease free existence and a long life.
   In comparing longevity and healthiness of martial exercise practitioners to the same characteristics of non-martial practitioners, the evidence, thus viewed, indicates that there are no significant benefits of martial exercises upon longevity, but may be some benefits upon overall sense of wellness,...healthiness. 
   Examples of greater than average lifespan among martial exercise practitioners seem to come from those using 'tai-chi-' slow, continuum, non-extreme stresses and not torque/ twisting  methods.
   An obvious comparison would be: 吴翼翚  Wu Yi -hui  [ 1987-1958 :71] 
王薌齋  Wang Xiang-zhai [ 1886-1963; 77]; Wu being 1yr older and dying 5yrs earlier. However, the vital statistics do not show causatives of Wu's death.
References:
"Verified Supercentenarians". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved 4 September 2012.   http://www.grg.org/Adams/B2.HTM

Wife of Wu Yi-hui: Bai Shu 2008 June-8
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with teacher Lu Gui-yao and his student J.K.Wong

Eldering teacher Lu Gui-yao 1919-2012 age 93
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Longest student of GM Wu Yi-hui

 
The listing attempts to show some differences by using exercise styling and merging :
 
CMC = Cheng Man-cheng Yang-Family Tai Chi- Exercise : 

楊澄甫 Yang Cheng-Fu (1883 - 1936; 53 )  108 forms  杨式 Yang Family 太極拳 

鄭曼青   Cheng Man-ch'ing, Zhng Mn-qīng  [ 1902-1975;  73 ] [[1900-1975]]
Professor Cheng Man-Ching, teacher of 'CMC' Yang Tai Chi-
Student of Yang Cheng-Fu,  Created the Yang Short Form, 37  forms, 
Popularized TaiChi-chuan in the West.  He was ghost writer of Yang Cheng Fu's book 'Unified form and function of Tai-chi Ch'uan (1934)'

References, Cheng  Man-ching photos :
Jing Qi Shen School of Tai Chi Chuan = Wolfe Lowenthal
 
郭琴舫 Kou, Ching-Fang [ 1915 -x, 87 ] was an very early Taichi student of Grandmaster Cheng ManChing, on CMC; in a Tai chi Book there were 4 pictures of Pushhand by Grandmaster Cheng and Master Kou during 1940's, I learned Boxing with him several years. He passed away at a supermarket in Rolandheight, CA. I called to Master CC Chen immediately for the unfortunate news, they were very good friends.

陶玶誠, Tao Ping-siang, Dao Qi-jiang  陶炳祥 [1919-2006; 87 ] aka Dr. Tao.
Died December 2006, ? "early 90's"  
[ As for Dr Tao's age at death, this is generally a problem, his passport age is more like the correct age at 87; the Chinese often add three extra years... which would bring it to age 90 an honorific custom.]
His name as 陶 玶 誠; does not appear in this 'official' lineage of 'teachers' from Wu Hi-hui
   His death due to heart failure, which in general, seems to be common for LHBF practitioners; this being a casual observation; my first teacher Li Chung also died of heart failure. This is why I have started to gather some data on life span and cause of death comparing LHBF, Yiquan, and CMC Yang TaiChi-.  Dr. Tao's history, place of birth and earlier years would help somewhat if you know this data.
    I know of through his contacts with NYC and William Chen; his
history in Taiwan is not entirely clear to me. It is obvious that he did something to retain a very slim body. He is more well know for the CMC Yang Taichi- than the LHBF.  And I know he had a link to the Five Willows Group 五柳堂太極 

梁董蔡 TT Liang = Liang Tsung-tsai  [1900 Jan 23 -2002 Aug 17 ; 102] Birth name: Jui Fu
CMC Yang Tai Chi-. Born in Ningpo, Hopei Province, a small town on the shores of the Yellow Sea in Eastern China. Friends in Boston, MA, USA with LHBF teacher Li Chung who advises Msr. Li to change his school name to Hwa Yo Tai Chi-.

Ben Lo, Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, ?? 罗彭政 老庞政 [ 1927- x : 85]
References: 
San Francisco, Califoria; Cheng Man-ching Yang Tai Chi-
P.O. Box 210537, San Francisco, CA 94121-0537
References:

Liu He Ba Fa Chuan 六合八法拳  Practitioners vital statistics : 

Nanjing-Hong Kong LHBF founded by Wu Yi-hui :
吴翼翚 Wu Yi-hui  [1887-1958; 71]  LHBF founder, started in Shanghai, later in Nanjing. Later years plagued by weakened health.
盧桂耀   Lu, Gui-Yao [ 1919-2012; 93]  LHBF and all auxillary exercises per Nanjing Academy; longest student with founder Msr Wu. Jailed by CPC.

陳亦人  Chan Yik Yan (Chen Yi Ren) [ 1909-1982; 73 ] died in Hong Kong, from a street accident. Had a long disease history with haemophilia and was mobility impaired. 
 
David Chan ( Chan Cho-ki )   陳祖祺 ; HK, Phillipines.  [October 1950 - 25 Dec 2012; 62] Cancer. Studied mostly under Lau Sam Muk (and Chan Yik Yan) in HK for over 18 years. Also studied I-Chuan [Yi quan] under Wu Chi Chih  [of  Yu Peng-Hsi lineage ]. Sparing partner and student of Lu-Hong boxing specialist Yin Tian-xiong, 尹天雄.
Msr David Chan performing Liuhebafa's foundational form"
 
梁啓忠  Liang Chi-Chuang = Liang Qi-zhong [ ??]
梁子鵬  Liang Zhi-peng  [1900-1974; 74]
 
劉鵬華 Liu Peng-Hua everyday does about one hour Stretching, one hour Master Tao's LHBF  taught by Grandmaster Wu YiHui in China, Kun Ming in 1938, Grandmaster Wu told him the reason  why LHBF called Water Boxing, after returned to Shianghai 1945,
   Grandmaster gave him a memo of key points of boxing and explained to him the name of Water Boxing, and asked him to study "Tao Teh Ching" in order to find the relation between LHBF and Water Boxing.(please refer to Master Tao's article in the 120 years Memorior book of Grandmaster Wu, Yi-Hui, page 88, published on 2007.11.30.),  There is an original Grandmaster Wu's letter wrote to Master Tao in 1948 now keep by my good friend Mr. Greg Knight in Columbus, Ohio. 
   Master Tao passed away on December 2006, he was born Oct. 1919, his death  due to cardiological disease, according to Mr.Greg Knight, he passed away peacefully at his apartment. Master Tao was the Founder of Five Willow Taichi.
五柳堂太極 

潘炎流   Pan Yan Liu [Lew]  [Pan Guan 判官 ], 
teacher of  Dr. Liu,  Zhen-huan ( 劉震寰) 'York Y. Lu.,  York Wai

李 道立  Li Dao -li, Li Dao Lap,  Student of Wu Yi-hui, accredited teacher. 
Taught Li Chung. and Liu Xiao-ling.
苏华祥  Su Hua-Xiang  , Guangzhou, PRC;  student of Li Dao-li.  Shx-Taiji

孫秩 Sun Di  [1916-1999, 83]  Highly influential teacher to many other teachers.

李忠 Li Chung [1905-Feb 24-1991, 86 ]  LHBF+ YQ; aka John Chung Li.
[ Note: wikipedia gives this as  Li Chung 1907-1982...which may be slightly  incorrect]

陶玶誠, Tao Ping-siang, Dao Qi-jiang  陶炳祥 [1919-2006, 87]
  Died December 2006, ? "early 90's"  As for Dr Tao's age at death, this is generally a problem, 
  I know of through his contacts with NYC and William Chen; his history in Taiwan is not entirely clear to me. It is obvious that he did something to retain a very slim body. He is more well know for the CMC Yang Taichi- than the LHBF. And I know he had a link to the Five Willows Group 五柳堂太極
[Willow is a another way to imply flowing]. 
His passport age is more like the correct age at 87; the Chinese often add three extra years...which would bring it to age 90 [an honorific custom].  His death due to heart failure, in general, seems to be common for LHBF practitioners; this being a casual observation; my first teacher Li Chung also died of heart failure.  This is why I have started to gather some data on life span and cause of death comparing LHBF, Yiquan, and CMC Yang TaiChi-.  Dr. Tao's history, place of birth and earlier years would help somewhat if you know this data.

劉鵬華 Liu Peng-Hua everyday does about one hour stretching, one hour Master Tao's LHBF taught by Grandmaster Wu YiHui in China, Kun Ming in 1938, Grandmaster Wu told him the reason why LHBF called Water Boxing, after returned to ShiangHai 1945, Grandmaster gave him a memo of key points of boxing and explained to him the name of WaterBoxing, and asked him to study "Tao Teh Ching" in order to find the relation between LHBF and WaterBoxing.(please refer to Master Tao's article in the 120 years Memorior book of Grandmaster Wu, YiHui, page 88, published on 2007.11.30.), There is an original Grandmaster Wu's letter wrote to Master Tao in 1948 now keep by my good friend Mr. Greg Knight in Columbus, Ohio. Master Tao passed away on December 2006, he was born Oct. 1919, his death  due to cardiological disease, according to Mr.Greg Knight, he passed away peacefully at his apartment. Master Tao was the Founder of FiveWillow Taichi. 五柳堂太極
 
Teachers of Note at the Nanjing Central Academy linked to LHBF:
Wu Yi-hui  吳翼翬 [ 1987-1958 ; 71]; TCM malpractice related.
General Chang Chih Chiang 张之江, [1882–1966 ; 84]
Ch'u Kuei-ting, Chu Gui-ting 袺桂亭 [1892-1977; 85 ]
Chiang Jung Ch'aio, Chiang Jung Chiao 姜容樵 [1891-1974; 83]

Msr Chu Gui-ting in eldering years
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Well respected xinyi-boxing teacher

Exchange/ Crossover Family Tree : Listing of LHBF - YQ - Tai Chi- teachers :

Yi Quan Intuitiion Boxing founded by Wang Xiang-zhai :
王薌齋  Wang Xiang-zhai [ 1886-1963; 63 ] LHBF + Yiquan

Four Diamonds of Yi Quan sent to Nanjing to learn LHBF from Wu.

韓星橋  Han Xing-Jiao [1909 – 2004 Oct.17; 95 ]
趙道新  Zhao Dao-Xin  [1865-1938; 73] [[1908-1990]]  
高振東   Gao Zhen-dong [1879-1960; 81]

References : 

張長信  Zhang Chang-Xin  [1918?- 1990; 72 ]
He taught the Liuhebafa form "zhu ji chuan" it was highly modified, and using the power Xingyi and Bagua at its core. His version had less stepping and lower-body focus than the original, using Yi Chuan’s relaxed stepping as opposed to Liuhebafa’s structured transitioning stances, and himself labeled it the “active step version 活歩式” accordingly. Zhang wrote an in-depth book on Liuhebafa that was published in 1990, the same year he died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Changxin/

Other Mergings : 
國鏈鄞 Kuo Lien-ying  [1891-1984; 93]  Guang Ping TaiChi- + CMC Taichi-, and Yiquan

李忠 Li Chung, John [1905-Feb 24-1982 : 77 ]  LHBF+ YQ + Hun Yuan
[ note: wikipedia gives this as Li Chung 1907-1982...which maybe slightly  incorrect]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Chung 

老傅 = 何星子 Ho Xin-tze  [  died SF age ?? 1903-1993; 90 ]  Water-boxing+ Sung Lu-tang xingyi-
Ho,  Xin; Ho Xin-tse---- 何星 (子)- ---'Lao Fook'-- 老 傅,  student of Sun Lu-Tang and ?Wu YiHui? 
Learned 'shui' 'pai' water-style boxing while in Shanghai, until about 1933. 
Taught in SanFrancisco, CA., teacher of  Khan Foxx. Daily meeting friendship with Kuo Lien-ying. 
Teacher of 'moon' Jiu, Moon-jiao, a student of Han Xing-yuan and Chen YY, later adding wing-chun.

韓星垣  Han Xing-yuan [1915-1983; 68 ] Xing-yi, YiQuan, and some LHBF

References :