A San Jose World War II veteran who gained some unexpected fame last year has died.
You might remember Joe Bell, who in March was caught on video, cheering on the 408k Race to the Row, which benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation, from his front yard. He was in his Army uniform, to show his respect for Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan.
One by one, runners started veering off the street to shake Bell’s hand.
NBC Nightly News named the clip one of the most inspiring viral videos of 2014.
Bell died at his home Thursday. He was 95 years old.
The viral video was shot by Mercury News reporter Julia Prodis Sulek. In the clip, runners spontaneously run up to the elderly man, fully decked out in his U.S. Army Airborne brown uniform. They shake his hand, shouting, "Thank you for your service."
"It just kept happening in waves," Sulek told NBC Bay Area last year. "Over and over again. The runners were wonderful to give Joe that kind of respect."