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.

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.

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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.’’