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'Biggest Loser' cast member dies at 38

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Dec 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-05 13:04:01-05

A former contestant on "The Biggest Loser: Couples 2" has died.

Damien Gurganious, age 38, died on Nov. 24 after complications from a rare autoimmune disorder. There was inoperable bleeding in his brain, according to reports.

Gurganious' wife, Nicole, posted the news to her Facebook.com page.

"Damien suffered from the sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), which caused inoperable bleeding in his brain," she wrote in her post.

"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."

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at a funeral home in Brooklyn, New York, she said. A fund for the Gurganious family has been set up on YouCaring.com.

The couple competed together on the seventh season of the show in 2009.