We finally have some answers on what really killed Doug Blasdell. The openly gay Work Out trained died in January, but reports simply said the 44-year old gym bunny died unexpectedly. Now, nearly five months since Blasdell’s shocking death, his best-friend and fellow Work Out star, Brian Peeler.

It seems Blasdell didn’t die as unexpectedly as we believed. Peeler tells AfterElton‘s Matthew Weiss:

He had lymphoma cancer and he was doing chemo. They caught it in the early stages. It was the same thing that his mother and his father had died from. I think they caught [his] in stage one or stage two. So he was doing chemo to combat it.

Though doctors caught the disease early, the chemo depleted Blasdell’s immune system.

A few days after undergoing treatment, Blasdell caught salmonella, which he erroneously treated as the flu, which led to severe dehydration. Peeler continues:

Blasdell grew severely dehydrated and his kidneys failed. His kidneys failed. They put him on a respirator… [He got] a staph infection from the dialysis in his neck which ultimately kills his liver and his pancreas. His kidneys are already failing. And his gall bladder is so full of junk. His body was too weak to fight anymore. From the chemo, everything. He didn’t have any fight left, and his body couldn’t recover.

A sad end to a life devoted to strength training. Read the rest of the distressing interview over at AfterElton.

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