Gheorghe Comaneci, father of gymnast, dies at 76



BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Gheorghe Comaneci, the father of gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci, has died. He was 76.

The gymnastics great arrived in Romania on Friday, a day after releasing a statement announcing her father’s death.

Gheorghe Comaneci died of liver problems at Bucharest’s University Hospital on Thursday. He had been hospitalized since Dec. 26, when doctors said he was suffering from cirrhosis.

Virgil Munteanu, general manager of the Nadia Comaneci Foundation, said Comaneci would travel to the family hometown of Onesti for a funeral expected to held Saturday.

Comaneci received the first ever perfect scores of 10 when she won three gold medals for Romania in the 1976 Olympics.