The Biggest Loser, season 7 contestant Damien Gurganious died at the age of 38 on Monday 24th, November. Damien just celebrated his birthday just one week before his passing, he suffered from a sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain.
“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,” ,” his family tells US Magazine.
Damien 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. Nicole recently paid tribute to her loving 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. 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.
The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at
1:00 p.m. The Celebration will take place at Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home, located at One Troy Avenue in Brooklyn, New York 11213.
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 will send another update shortly regarding the repast to follow the Celebration, and information on where to send flowers or donations. I thank you all for your prayers and support during this difficult time.
Nicole Brewer Gurganious & the Gurganious Family
The service will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home, located at One Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213.
If you would like to send flowers, the funeral home is only able to accept them on the morning of Saturday, December 6.
Several friends have set up a web page for contributions. Here is the link:
Following the service, there will be a repast at the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, located at 1121 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11216. We will continue the celebration of Damien’s life at the repast which will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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