The Biggest Loser family is mourning the loss of one of their own. Damien Gurganious, who appears on the 7th season in 2009 with his then fiance Nicole, has died at the age of 38.

Gurganious suffered from a rare autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain. Nicole posted the news on Facebook, her first social media post.

Dear Friends,
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. 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.

All of you who knew Damien can attest to his generous and loving spirit, his outgoing and gregarious personality, and his caring and compassionate nature. Damien always desired to bring out the best in those around him by offering encouragement, support and love, often couched in his own hilarious and sage adages. To honor this extraordinary man, the family has planned a Celebration of Life.

I sincerely hope that you can join us in celebrating Damien’s life in whatever way your heart directs. We welcome stories, emails, and pictures, anything that you care to share about how Damien touched your life. 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.

I thank you all for your prayers and support during this difficult time.

With love,

Nicole Brewer Gurganious & the Gurganious Family

Damien and Nicole got married after being eliminated from the Biggest Loser in 2009 . They have a daughter, Nicole. The Biggest Loser family will remember Damien with an 'in memoriam' card following next week's episode on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m on NBC.

Former Biggest Loser members are remembering Gurganious on Twitter.

The Damien Gurganious Family Fund has been set up to help Nicole and their daughter Giselle since Damien was the sole provider of the family.


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