Gymnast rose to fame during the 1984 Olympics


American gymnastics icon Mary Lou Layton is “fighting for her life,” one of Layton’s four daughters, McKenna Kelly, revealed on Tuesday.

“My amazing mom Mary Lou has a very rare form of pneumonia,” Kelly wrote on Spotfund, an online fundraiser that is raising donations for Layton’s medical expenses. “She was unable to breathe on her own. She had been in the intensive care unit for over a week. Out of respect for her and her privacy, I will not reveal all the details. However, I will disclose that she did not have insurance.”

Layton shot to fame at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when she became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the all-around competition. This feat not only landed her on the front of cereal boxes, but also captured the hearts of many Americans.

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