Eric Fleishman, a celebrity trainer, died on Thanksgiving at the age of 53. The news of his death was made public on Monday.

Popularly known as “Eric the Trainer,” he suddenly at his Glendale, California, home, according to multiple reports. His cause of death was not known as of Tuesday morning.

A post was shared on his Instagram account confirming his death. The picture shared was a carousel of photos of Fleishman, with his wife Alysia Kanemoto tagged.

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“We are heartbroken to share that Eric Phillip Fleishman passed away unexpectedly on the morning of November 24, 2022,” the caption read. “His wife Alysia, son, parents, and close friends/family are deeply saddened by this event.”

The post also honored Fleishman as one who “touched many lives for the better” and who was “a beacon of light, hope, and love.” Any of his fans and supporters, who would want to share a message for him were encouraged to email at [email protected]

Fleishman’s memorial services are pending, his family said in the post.

“This loss is devastating, and we appreciate your thoughts and prayers,” it concluded.

Who was Eric Fleishman?

Eric Fleishman began his fitness career by training US soldiers in the Middle East, partnered with police officers. He hosted the Mr. America Bodybuilding event, ABC 7 reported. He also served as the host for the Celebrity Sweat series.

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Fleishman had over 20 years experience in physical transformation. He worked with top actors, MMA fighters, and musical performers. His techniques were regularly featured in “Muscle and Fitness” magazine. He is also their advisory board, and on Bodybuilding.com.

Recently, Fleishman was named to the Gold’s Gym fitness institute, where he served as an expert.

In the comments section of the post about his death, Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush remembered Fleishman as a “larger than life man.”

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“Larger than life impact,” he added. “This is absolutely heartbreaking news. He will live on forever in the people he helped and inspired. Myself included. Love you forever Eric!”

Matt Lanter also expressed his condolences: “Crushed. Eric made such an impact on my life and I don’t think he even knew it. I’m just shocked.”

“Such terrible news,” added Jay Cutler. “He brought so much positivity to everyone. Rip.”

Patrick Schwarzenegger wrote, “So sad. Rip Eric. Will miss you.”