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TV Trainer Doug Blasdell Dies After Sudden Hospitalization

Doug Blasdell, a trainer on Bravo's reality series Work Out, died over the weekend after an abrupt hospitalization, according to the network. Bravo released the following statement:

Blasdell_1"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."

AfterElton interviewed Blasdell in July and he talked about participating in the Bravo show: "It's a beautiful thing because it really focuses on being gay and the gay community in general. The people they picked represent our community very well. I mean, there's drama, of course. There is in any community. But the three of us give different examples of what it is to be gay. And none of it is negative. There's nobody voted off. It's about taking care of yourself and eating right. It really is about being a trainer. Yeah, we drink alcohol, but the show represents healthy living. Physically and emotionally."

There has been no official report released on cause of death. We send our condolences to Blasdell's family and friends.

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  1. Wow...I don't really know what to say. What a shock. Doug was definately a reason I enjoyed the show. He seemed so down to earth.

    Posted by: Marshall Lee | Jan 24, 2007 9:00:27 AM

  2. I wonder what he died of so suddenly...Heart attack, stroke?

    Posted by: ScottJ | Jan 24, 2007 9:20:01 AM

  3. ...very very sad. Jody Watley (the celebrity trained by Doug on the show) commented in a blog entry that she had last seen Doug in December, soon after he had undergone chemo for a brain tumor. He was in remission then...

    Posted by: midnight lounge | Jan 24, 2007 9:25:12 AM

  4. I'm shocked by this news. The second season of workout is to premier in March. I wonder if Bravo will recognize him. This is sad, sad news.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 24, 2007 9:47:14 AM

  5. We used to see Doug at our neighborhood Starbucks in West Hollywood once in a while. Not only was he stunning in person, he was always friendly, never threw anyone any attitude and always said hi [unlike most of the other gays in town]... Rest in piece.

    Posted by: Esso | Jan 24, 2007 9:50:13 AM

  6. Sorry, peace.

    Posted by: Esso | Jan 24, 2007 9:51:18 AM

  7. Poor guy. He seemed nice on the show. I'm sorry to hear that he passed away.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 24, 2007 10:14:17 AM

  8. Such a handsome man. Seemed like he was truly a good guy. I'm betting Jody Watley (his client) is going to binge eat after this one).

    As for his statements about the show representing the gay community very well, I'd have to take issue with that. It represents the shallow world of Los Angeles and it's self-absorbed lifestyle.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 24, 2007 10:32:46 AM

  9. doug was a good friend of mine. he will be greatly missed by so many of us that were privileged enough to know him. his passing is untimely and tragic.

    he did represent countless positive attributes as a gay man and person as a whole. he was an inspiration to me in many different ways.

    i would hope that anyone who would take issue with him after his death might first take issue with themselves. doug does not deserve such disrespect after leaving us.

    rest in peace doug. we miss you.

    Posted by: mike | Jan 24, 2007 11:42:09 AM

  10. Mike-

    Sorry for your loss.

    There was no disrespect towards Doug in my comment. I simply didn't agree with his view of the program he was part of. That's what this site is about, healthy debate. I'm sureDan would appreciate the fact that his comments generate opinions. We should all wish that were the case.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 24, 2007 12:08:10 PM

  11. Mike's remarks could have been in response to commenter "J"'s post on a previous entry:

    When responding to this comment: "This [Blasdell's death is] shocking as he seemed to be in perfect health."

    "J" responded:

    Nothing healthier than a steady gay diet of meth, roids, and blow....the guys who look to be in the best shape are usually in the worst of health.

    The negativity and self-hatred that exists in our community is astounding at times.

    Posted by: midnight lounge | Jan 24, 2007 12:21:44 PM

  12. What was his age?

    Posted by: anon | Jan 24, 2007 12:29:52 PM

  13. Midnight Lounge is right on target. The disrespect shown to Doug and his good friend Jody by Brad's comment is unfathomable.

    Doug was a great guy. Always smiling and full of great energy. Only survivor of his entire family. He built his family via his friends. Jody is heartbroken. They were like brother and sister.

    Rest in peace, Doug. We will miss you.

    Posted by: Stos | Jan 24, 2007 12:57:27 PM

  14. I wonder how the dyke on that show is going to use this loss in growing her team.

    Maybe a little less time in the gym and a bit more time on life is the message to come away with. After all, for all the health and nutrition that we keep hearing about, it certainly didn't benefit Doug.


    Posted by: Sam | Jan 24, 2007 1:20:28 PM

  15. I second that. I have a profile on another page in which I discuss the negativity, insecurity and relentlessness within the gay community at tearing each other down. Surprisingly, the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the gay men that have read my comments is astonishing. It seems so many of us feel the same way about the general gay population, yet the vicious cycle keeps turning away. Hell, a commentator on here trashed me for making an innocent comment about a John Mayer post, just a simple pop-culture comment. Apparently, according to him, I am a vapid moron who is just one of the many masses of vapid, shallow gay men. Nice huh.

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 24, 2007 1:33:37 PM

  16. Fuck, I didn't think it was possible for so many people to make someone's death about themselves.

    Posted by: 000000 | Jan 24, 2007 1:54:18 PM

  17. ^^^case in point

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 24, 2007 1:57:07 PM

  18. I will definitely miss his good energy and great physique on next seasons Workout. Sorry for those who knew him and for their loss and disappointed to see some of the judgemental responses considering nobody really knows yet the actual cause of his death? Sometimes gay men are just way too harsh on each other.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jan 24, 2007 1:57:42 PM

  19. What the fuck to you expect, Cory? The subject is someone's death, not your pity party. You'd think common sense was a prerequisite for getting into Columbia.

    Posted by: 000000 | Jan 24, 2007 2:19:24 PM

  20. Hey Sam - just a if I take your advice and spend a little less time in the gym "and a bit more time on life" will you then turn around and call me fat?

    I'd love for us to all find a place where there's less projection of our own self-hatred onto others...

    Posted by: midnight lounge | Jan 24, 2007 2:25:17 PM

  21. I watched one episode of the show and was impressed by Doug immediately. He seemed like a genuinely nice, down to earth person.

    Since he was described as married (I thought the term 'Partnered' would have been used if he were gay), I didn't realize he was gay until this post. He was a great example of the diversity within the gay community—some of us fit the stereotype, others don't; some are over the top, others are mild-mannered; etc. My condolences go out to Doug's friends.

    Regarding the negativity, if anyone can post a more appropriate forum to continue discussion, please share the link, or perhaps Andy can post about this issue and we can continue discussing there?

    Posted by: Pierre | Jan 24, 2007 3:08:26 PM

  22. Actually, my comments were directly related to the comments posted regarding mistreatment and disrespect amongst the gay community through the negative assumptions on Doug Blasdells death. I take it you're the same character who is blasting people on this site. Grow some balls and use your real name, or is the anonymity of the internet making it more convenient for you to attack people.

    See, now you've made this about you. What a sad little man...

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 24, 2007 3:53:35 PM

  23. As someone who was part of the Weho gym rat partyboy scene for about 8 years, in shape guys dieing of stroke/heart-attacks, while not common was definately something that happened with disturbing regularity. It was usually a result of tweak or blow binges, sometimes associated with viagra use. (a bad cocktail mix) Regardless of how he died, my sympathies go out to his lover. RIP to a handsome man.

    Posted by: ex gym rat | Jan 24, 2007 7:42:55 PM

  24. This was truly shocking to read. I instantly connected to Doug after watching Work Out for the first time -- I wish I had the opportunity to know him personally.

    My deepest sympathies go out to Doug's friends and family.

    Posted by: beb | Jan 24, 2007 8:03:28 PM

  25. Mr. Doug Blasdell will be greatly missed. We were saddend in hearing about his loss. He seemed to have a very good heart and he touched alot of people. Thanks to the bravo series "workout" he was able to touch many more. I beleive he was a positive role model to the young Gay community. "Thank you Doug for touching our lives...YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE". Our thoughts and prayers are with Doug and his family.

    Posted by: lynne | Feb 7, 2007 11:23:06 AM

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