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Jason Pisano, 40, competed in wheelchair marathons

Suzy Allman/new york times/file 2007

Jason Pisano wheeling backward on the Verrazano Bridge.

WARWICK, R.I. - A West Warwick man who completed more than 50 marathons in his wheelchair and inspired others with disabilities has died after a choking episode.

Jason Pisano died Monday night at Kent Hospital.

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His longtime coach, Paul Tetreault, told The Providence Journal that Mr. Pisano had experienced a choking episode last week and suffered severe brain damage after being without oxygen for a significant time.

His family decided to take him off a ventilator Monday night.

Less than two weeks ago, Mr. Pisano completed the Boston Marathon in just over 12 hours. It was the 52d marathon he had finished.

Mr. Pisano was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy, but motivated himself and others with his motto of “impossible is nothing.’’

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