Damien Gurganious, star on season 7 of “The Biggest Loser,” died on November 24 after suffering from a sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder which caused internal bleeding in his brain, according to US Weekly.
“He was a pillar of his family, an amazing son, brother, cousin and uncle,” the star’s family told US Weekly. “He was an incredible husband and father to his two-year old daughter, Giselle. He was an inspiration and a mentor to so many. His love for his family and friends was immense.”
Gurganious and his then-fiancee Nicole Brewer Gurganious appeared on the NBC program in 2009 and were eliminated in the third week of competition. The couple married later in August of that year. Gurganious’ wife paid tribute to her husband on her Facebook page.
“As most of you know, I never post on social media. So, it is highly ironic and deeply sad that my first true post is to inform you of the tragic loss of my beloved husband, Damien Gurganious,” she wrote. “Damien suffered from the sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), which caused inoperable bleeding in his brain. Damien passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014.”
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SOURCE: ABC 7