Leanne Hartsgrove Wiki – Biography
Leanne Hartsgrove is the first wife of Kurt Thomas, an Olympic gymnast who was the first American to win a gold medal at a World Championships when he won the floor exercise title in 1978.
Kurt Thomas was a former Olympic gymnast known for being the first American male gymnast to win a world championship gold medal, according to Yahoo Sports. He went on to become a sought-after star once he retired from the sport.
Thomas was successful in the Junior Olympic program and he received a scholarship at Indiana State University, where he earned 13 All-American honors, International Gymnast Media reported. Thomas competed in the 1975 Pan American Games as a member of the U.S. team and he went on to compete in the 1976 Olympics.
Leanne Hartsgrove Age
Leanne Hartsgrove’s age is unknown. However, her husband Kurt Thomas was 64 years old. He was born on March 29, 1956, in Miami, Florida, United States. He died on June 5, 2020.
Leanne Hartsgrove and Kurt Thomas married on August 31, 1982. The marriage ended in divorce. They had a son, singer Kurt Travis, who was born on January 16, 1984. Kurt Thomas went on to marry his second wife Rebecca Jones.
Kurt Thomas Cause of Death
Kurt became a commentator, acted in a film, and opened his own gymnastics school, according to Screencrush. Thomas suffered a stroke in late May and died June 5, the website reported.
Thomas’ family said that Thomas had a stroke May 24 after the basilar artery in his brain stem tore, the Chicago Tribune reported. He died on June 5 at the age of 64.
“Yesterday I lost my universe, my best friend, and my soul mate of twenty-four years. Kurt lived his life to the extreme, and I will be forever honored to be his wife,” his wife told the International Gymnast Media.
Thomas was survived by Kurt Travis, a child from his first marriage, as well as his wife and their two children, Kassidy and Hunter Thomas.
Many gymnastics colleagues, rivals, and legends have also honored Thomas and mourned his passing on social media.
All of us in the gymnastics family are sadden ,shocked and devastated by the passing of our own
Love to the family ❤️🙏
RIP Kurt Thomas pic.twitter.com/muhQ8MUJJc
— Nadia Comaneci (@nadiacomaneci10) June 6, 2020
Thomas’ Olympic teammate Bart Conner told the International Gymnast Media that he was devastated:
“Kurt was a fierce rival, who went on to become a cherished friend. My heart is breaking for his wife Beckie, his children, Hunter, Kassidy, and Kurt as well as the entire gymnastics community, who lost a true pioneer today.”