Thomas, a music industry veteran who over the years worked with artists like Kings of Leon and Dave Matthews Band, maintained a thorough journal of her experiences online, with publications like The Hollywood Reporter, the Daily Mail, and the Huffington Post picking up her story. The record of her final years, she said, would hopefully help give her five-year-old daughter Niomi a clearer picture of who her mother was down the road.
“I can’t wait for her to read all the journal entries from people on the blog,” she wrote earlier this year. “People will tell her the stories about how much her mommy loves her.” The blog also served as an example of remaining positive through trying times. “Can you believe I won’t know the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Parenthood?” Thomas joked in a separate post. “UGH. Now, that sucks. Hopefully they know these things in Heaven.”
In addition to Niomi, Thomas is survived by her husband Gary, who had taken to maintaining her CaringBridge journal for her earlier this week. “We were all with her holding her hands and telling her how much we loved her as she fought so hard for her last few breaths,” read the latest entry, posted earlier today. “She died with dignity and grace as she had lived her life.”