Bob Harper

Bob Harper Opens Up on ‘Widow-Maker’ Heart Attack: ‘I Was on That Ground Dead’

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Nearly two months after suffering a near-fatal heart attack, "The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper described the harrowing moment he collapsed in the gym.

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"I was in full cardiac arrest,'' Harper told Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview on "Today." "My heart stopped. Not to be dramatic, but I was dead. I was on that ground dead."

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That Sunday morning, Feb. 12, Harper, 51, had joined friends at the gym. After his regular workout, he dropped to his knees, then fell to the floor and stopped breathing.

"I had what they call a 'widow-maker,''' he said. "It was a 6 percent survival rate, and the fact that there were doctors in the gym when I had the heart attack saved my life."

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