'Biggest Loser' Host Suffers Heart Attack

| by Sarah Zimmerman

Bob Harper, host of the weight loss reality show "The Biggest Loser," had a serious heart attack Feb. 12 that left him unconscious in the hospital for two days. 

Harper, 51, tells TMZ he was in a New York City gym when he suddenly collapsed. He was later told that a doctor who happened to be working out near by rushed over and administered CPR to keep him alive. The doctor also used paddles on him while waiting for EMTs to arrive.

The reality show host woke up in the hospital two days later and stayed there for another six days to be closely monitored. Despite living in Los Angeles, he is still in New York as doctors have yet to clear him to fly. 

By the end of February, the fitness enthusiast was still restricted to walking for exercise.

The personal trainer told TMZ that heart attacks run in his family. He said his mother had died from a heart attack. He also said that he is expected to make a full recovery.

On Feb. 28, Harper posted an update on his Facebook page, saying he was "on the road to recovery." His picture showed the monitoring equipment he has to wear.

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Harper is a celebrity personal trainer and fitness guru. In 2004, he became one of the trainers for "The Biggest Loser," a reality TV show where contestants compete to lose the highest percentage of body weight through intense workout challenges. In 2015, he took over as the show's host, replacing Alison Sweeney, reports WJW.

The show generated a substantial amount of press in November 2013, when Harper came out as gay on the show to help contestant Bobby Saleem feel more comfortable with his sexuality. 

"I haven't talked about my sexuality on this show ever," Harper said, according to the Daily Mail. "And now, meeting Bobby, I really do believe this is the right time. I want to show Bobby that he doesn't have to live in shame."

Harper sat down with Saleem, who was struggling to come out to his father. 

"I'm gay. I knew a very long time ago that I was gay," Harper told him. "When I came out -- when I was 17 years old -- it was one of those things where I realized that there were going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn't mean being weak." 

After the show had aired, Harper tweeted his thanks to fans who showed support for his coming out. Saleem also thanked Harper on Twitter for his help in discussing his sexuality with his family.

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