American legendary high jumper, Dick Fosbury, who won gold in the 1968 Olympics and is highly recognized as a revolutionary athlete, has died at 76.
His agent, Ray Schulte, announced his death in an Instagram on Monday. He explained that Fosbury “passed away peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning, 12th March, 2023, after a short bout with a recurrence of lymphoma.
“The Track & Field legend is survived by his wife Robin Tomasi, and son Erich Fosbury, and stepdaughters Stephanie Thomas-Phipps of Hailey, Idaho, and Kristin Thompson”, he added.
Fosbury was First diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2008 reports Athletics Weekly, and previously had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his lower vertebrae.
Dick Fosbury, byname Richard Douglas Dick Fosbury, won the 1968 Olympic high jump title using a new, back-first high jump technique known as the Fosbury Flop, the American high jumper revolutionized the sport by replacing the traditional approach to jumping with an innovative backward style that became known as the “Fosbury flop
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