Host of Biggest Loser Has Major Heart Attack

Bob Harper says he's feeling lucky after attack knocked him out for 2 days
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Host of Biggest Loser Has Major Heart Attack
In this Feb. 9, 2012, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama and Bob Harper of "The Biggest Loser," right in blue shirt, dance during a kids event at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.   (Carolyn Kaster)

Fitness trainer Bob Harper, host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, says he's recovering from a serious heart attack that left him unconscious for two days, the AP reports. Harper tells TMZ he was working out in a gym in New York City this month when he collapsed. He says a doctor who also was in the gym performed CPR on him. The 51-year-old Harper says he spent eight days in a New York hospital and hasn't yet been cleared to fly home to Los Angeles. Harper adds that it's his genes, not his lifestyle, that led to his heart attack: His mom died from a heart attack.

But a source tells Us Weekly the fitness buff "pushes himself too hard," which the source feels may have contributed to the attack. On Wednesday, Harper posted a pic of a scented candle burning on Instagram with the caption, "My word of the day ... LUCKY." Harper has been a fixture on all 17 seasons of The Biggest Loser. He served as a trainer on the show from 2004 to 2015 and took over hosting responsibilities for the reality-TV weight-loss program from Alison Sweeney in 2015. (More The Biggest Loser stories.)

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