A man known for his appearance on a broadcast reality series has died. Us Magazine reports that Damien Gurganious, a competitor on season seven of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” died Nov. 24 at age 38.
“Gurganious, who celebrated his birthday just one week before his passing, suffered from a sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain,” the story reports.
His family told the publication: “He was a pillar of his family, an amazing son, brother, cousin and uncle. 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.”
The report adds: “Gurganious and his then-fiancee Nicole Brewer Gurganious appeared on the NBC reality competition in January 2009 and were eliminated in the third week. They married in August of that year.”
The NBC reality show plans to run an “in memoriam” card dedicated to Gurganious at the end of the Dec. 11 episode of the show.