Walton Goggins has enjoyed immense success in his professional career. Known for his work as Boyd Crowder in Justified (2010–2015), Walton has appeared in a series of roles including Shane Vendrell in The Shield (2002–2008), Clay Hawkins in Lincoln (2012), Billy Crash in Django Unchained (2012), Chris Mannix in The Hateful Eight (2015), Lee Russell in Vice Principals (2016–2017) and Sonny Burch in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). While Walton’s career is still on the rise, he suffered a significant setback in 2004, when he lost his wife to suicide. Walton was married to Leanne during the time, who suffered from chronic depression which ultimately led to suicide. In this article, we will take a closer look at what little is known about Leanne Goggins.
Early Life and career:
Leanne Goggins was born in 1967 in Canada. She was born to Peggy and Arnold Kaun and spent most of her early life with her brother, Jay, who resides in Australia. Born and raised in a normal household, Leanne did not have much media coverage during her early years and enjoyed a quiet life. She developed a passion for animals during her early years and was fond of dogs in particular. This led her to establish a dog walking business which she ran until her death.
Meeting Walton and Marriage:
Like her early life, much of how Walton and Leanne met has never been disclosed to the media. The pair met sometime around early 2000 and began dating soon after. The pair dated for a year before tying the knot in 2001. Around the time, Walton had just finished his work on the movie, Shangai Noon. The pair remained married for three years which was when things started getting out of track.
Divorce and suicide:
A year into the marriage, Leanne could no longer stay in Los Angeles and grew incredibly frustrated with the lifestyle and Walton’s very busy work schedule. While Leanne’s dog walking business was seeing a significant boom, she could not care any less. In a bid to return back to Canada, Leanne filed for divorce from Walton. The pair signed the divorce papers, but Leanne never moved back to Canada. Around the same time, Leanne was suffering from crippling depression and was seeking help from a nearby mental facility.
On the 12th of November, 2004, Leanne committed suicide by jumping from the 17th floor of the building in Los Angeles. By the time that the paramedics arrived on the scene, she had already passed away due to suicide-related injuries.
The death of his ex-wife had a huge impact on Walton and he needed a significant amount of time to recover. Talking about the struggles of moving on, Walton revealed in an interview,
“I drifted for upwards of three years after that. It took me a really long time to come back from it. If it weren’t for the people in my life that cared about me, that stepped in and helped me understand that life goes on, I don’t know what would have happened.”
But Walter did manage to move on and tied the knot with Nadia Conners in August of 2011. The pair have a son, Augustus, who was born before their marriage in February of 2011.