Gurganious, who celebrated his birthday a week before his passing, suffered from a sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain.
“He was a pillar of his family, an amazing son, brother, cousin and uncle,” his family told the magazine in a statement. “He was an incredible husband and father to his 2-year-old daughter, Giselle. He was an inspiration and a mentor to so many. His love for his family and friends was immense.”