Daniel Wright, a former contestant on NBC’s reality competition The Biggest Loser, died this week almost two years after first being diagnosed with cancer.
He was 30 years old.
Wright competed on the seventh season of the long-running weight-loss reality series.
He passed away on Sunday morning from leukemia, a multitude of his Biggest Loser costars sadly confirmed on social media.
“I am so so heartbroken to hear about Daniel Wright this morning. He has fought SO HARD during his battle with cancer & more,” former contestant Courtney Crozier Respess wrote on Facebook, for example.
“This man is one of the kindest people I have ever met & is a true difference maker in this world!
"His faith has never faded, even in the darkest of times. I am honored to have known him!!!"
Daniel was married to another former Biggest Loser Star, Rebecca Wright, who had been keeping fans apprised on her husband’s health on her Facebook page.
In her most recent update on May 24, she said Wright’s doctors were doing an endoscopy at the hospital and asked fans for prayers.
The prognosis did not sound positive.
"So last night Daniel Wright had a lot of blood clots come out of his stool &this morning he threw up blood so they are doing a Endoscopy here in the next couple of hours to find the source of the bleed & then clamp,band,flush,or cauterize the source," the post read.
"This comes with complications be cause he is so sick but more if we do nothing!"
Rebecca continued at this time:
"Yesterday, the Lord broke me down & today because of your prayers & my pleading our Lord has made me warrior strong!! I will let you know when they will be doing the procedure as soon as I know.
"He is much more alert today but still quite foggy. Once that’s all finished they’re going to be switching him back to the CVVHD or continuous dialysis because he’s so weak and we need to get him to make that urine!!
"Man alive this is insane & alone seems impossible but with GOD all things are possible. THANK YOU for your prayers & well wish I adore you all!!!!"
Wright was initially diagnosed in October of 2017.
He had started to return to work and to regain some normalcy in his life … when he relapsed with a more severe case of leukemia in December of 2018, according to his GoFundMe page, which remains active.
Within 24 hours of this relapse, Wright was transported by ambulance to an Iowa City hospital,.
This is where he spent nearly four weeks dealing with “fevers, infections, low blood counts, chemotherapy side effects, and attempts with immunotherapy treatments,” the GoFundMe states.
Wrote Season 12’s Joe Mitchell as a tribute tribute to his friend on Monday.
He’s pictured here with Rebecca, shortly after leaving the hospital earlier this year:
Wrote Season 12’s Joe Mitchell as a tribute tribute to his friend on Monday:
“Please keep Rebecca Wright and her family in your thoughts and prayers. After a long heroic fight, my fellow Biggest Loser and Browns fan Daniel Wright is at peace now in our Lord and Saviors arms.
"He was a hero and a man of faith who inspired so many, including me, during his short time on this earth.
"He and his lovely bride showed the whole world what true love, faith and commitment are all about and he will be truly missed."
May Daniel Wright rest in peace.