According to reports on social media from his fellow contestants, a former contestant of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Daniel Wright died Sunday from leukemia.
Wright, who was 30 years old, was a contestant and competed on both the show’s seventh and eighth seasons, according to information obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.
Reportedly, Wright was diagnosed in 2017 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The leukemia is generally diagnosed when the bone marrow produces a massive amount of a specific type of blood cells—known as lymphocytes.
Although he had been diagnosed in 2017, it appeared he was on the mend, as he had started to return to work and was working to regain a sense of normality back into his life. However, it seems he relapsed with an even more severe case in late 2018.
Posting to Facebook, a former classmate, Courtney Crozier Respess, stated that the news left her very heartbroken.
“He has fought so hard during his battle with cancer & more.”
She wanted to state that Wright was one of the kindest people she had ever met. She felt he was truly one that would prove to make a difference in the world. He continued to retain his faith through everything, and she felt honored to have known him.
The Hollywood Reported also stated that Wrights wife had been continually taking to her social media, in an effort to keep fans and family up to date on what was his failing condition. She stated his day to day condition, informing that he was fighting both a fever and blood clots and that at one point he had been coughing up blood.
The winner of the eighth season of “The Biggest Loser,” Danny Cahill, posted to social media in reference to Wright, stating that he never missed a chance to encourage each and every soul he met that, much like him, were in the fight of his life. He encouraged everyone not to give up the faith, and to just keep on going—and never missed the chance to tell them they would make it.