Eric Fleishman, the celebrity trainer known as “Eric the Trainer,” has “unexpectedly” died at the age of 53, TMZ reports.
According to the outlet, Fleishman passed away on the morning of Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, Nov. 24 — at his home in Glendale, California. A cause of death has yet to be reported.
Fleishman’s passing has been confirmed in a message that was posted to his official Instagram page on Sunday.
“We are heartbroken to share that Eric Phillip Fleishman passed away unexpectedly on the morning of November 24, 2022,” the post reads. “His wife Alysia, son, parents, and close friends/family are deeply saddened by this event.”
“Eric touched many lives for the better,” the post continues. “He was a beacon of light, hope, and love.”
The message then states that a “Celebration of Life ceremony” is forthcoming and asks the community to join in the celebration “by sharing experiences, memories, and tributes” that demonstrate how Eric impacted their lives.
“This loss is devastating, and we appreciate your thoughts and prayers,” the post concludes.
Who was Eric Fleishman?
Fleishman is particularly well-known for being a fitness trainer for celebrities. TMZ reports:
Eric served as a personal trainer to many big stars in TV, movies and the music industry, working with everyone from Def Leppard, Journey, Fall Out Boy, and Nickelback to Kirstie Alley, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ethan Suplee and Jason Priestley, amongst many others.
But, Fleishman didn’t only train celebrities. During his career, which lasted over three decades, he also worked with members of California’s law enforcement community. And, he once traveled to the Middle East to train American troops who were stationed there, an event that he would refer to as one of the high points of his career.
Fleishman additionally hosted Celebrity Sweat as well as the Mr. America Bodybuilding event.
“Missed by so many”
Social media has been flooded with tributes to Fleishman following the news of his untimely passing. David Cade referred to Fleishman’s passing as a “shocking loss.”
RIP to Eric Fleischman – trainer to the stars, but an inspiration to everyone. I have known too few who had such light, life, and warmth towards people. His passion for fitness was obvious and radiant. He loved his clients. What a shocking loss.
Janie Van Halen, on the other hand, highlighted the fact that Fleishman “will be missed by so many,” writing:
Much love and light to the family of @ericthetrainer Eric not only got me back in shape, but helped pull me out of the darkest time of my life with his infectious motivation, energy, and inspiration. His presence will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace.
Fleishman is survived by his wife and son.