Doug Blasdell, one of the trainers who appeared in the Bravo reality show Work Out, died Monday of unknown causes. Blasdell had been taken to the hospital unexpectedly over the weekend.
In a statement, Bravo said, "All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by the terrible news of Doug Blasdell's untimely passing. He was an inspiring trainer, an exuberant colleague who made the gym a very fun place each and every day, and was extraordinarily warm in all aspects of his life. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his many friends and colleagues at this very difficult time."
Work Out followed celebrity trainer Jackie Warner as she dealt with the everyday trials of owning a gym in Beverly Hills. Bravo order a second season of the show in October, after the finale scored more than a million viewers.
Blasdell was one of the trainers who worked for Warner, and was, like her, openly gay. In July, the 44-year-old Blasdell spoke to gay Web site AfterElton.com about his pride in the show.
"It's a beautiful thing because it really focuses on being gay and the gay community in general," he said in the interview. "The people they picked represent our community very well...the three of us give different examples of what it is to be gay. And none of it is negative."