Damien Gurganious, a fan favorite on The Biggest Loser Season 7, has passed away at the age of 38. He died November 24, according to reports.
Gurganious, who celebrated his birthday just one week before, suffered a sudden onset of an autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain.
"He was a pillar of his family, an amazing son, brother, cousin and uncle," his family said in a statement. "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 Nicole Brewer, at the time his fiance, appeared on the NBC reality show in January 2009 and were eliminated in the third week.
They married in August of that year.
Nicole recently paid tribute to her loving husband on her Facebook page, writing with a heavy heart, "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."
"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."
The popular weight loss competition is off tonight, but if you watch The Biggest Loser online, next week's episode will air an "in memoriam" card.
In the meantime, friends of Gurganious have set up "The Damien Gurganious Family Fund" website for those who'd like to help Nicole and Giselle.