Santa Monica resident, actor and certified personal trainer Nicholas Adams Harrell has died. He was 32.

Harrell died suddenly of unknown causes in Santa Monica Sunday, July 27th, his family said.

Family members said Harrell was “a man of presence, truth and compassion who listened and interacted at a very personal level.” Harrell dedicated himself to facilitating people’s growth and awareness, and he will be remembered for his inner strength, clarity of comprehension and great sense of humor, his family said.

Harrell was born March 4th, 1976 in Lansing, Michigan. While attending Okemos High School, he participated in many sports and played on the varsity football, hockey and ski teams. He was also selected to participate in a high school leadership forum in Washington, D.C.

From 1994 to 1998, Harrell attended Michigan State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from the Eli Broad College of Business. While attending Michigan State, Harrell was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and the Izzone, and participated on the university ski team.

Upon graduation, Harrell spent a year in Vail, Colorado where he worked demonstrating and fitting skis. After moving to Chicago in 1999, he explored various interests, including a position as director of marketing for TheSoup.com/ and began a career as an actor.

In 2002 Harrell moved to the Los Angeles area, where he acted in several TV commercials and participated in film and theater. During this time, he became a certified Tier III personal trainer at Burn and Equinox gyms, and a certified spin instructor and kundalini yoga teacher.

Harrell’s enthusiasm and dedication to his unique approach inspired many to reach their personal goals, his family said. He was passionate about fitness and participated in marathons, triathlons and iron man competitions.

Among his other interests were biking, hiking, skiing, rollerblading and yoga. Harrell always challenged himself and recently climbed Mt. Whitney on two occasions.

Harrell is survived by his parents, Gilbert and Susanna Harrell; his sisters Katherine Harrell and Rachael Harrell; Lisa Weithorn; his aunts and uncles, Betty Dever, Mary Adams, Gayle and Carol Harrell, and Nina and Garry Sheldon; and numerous friends, colleagues and teachers.

A memorial service has been scheduled in celebration of his life at noon Friday, August 8th, at Santa Monica beach — on the green open space north of Ocean Park Boulevard, between Ocean Front Walk and Barnard Way.

Those who desire may make memorial donations in Harrell’s memory to The Sierra Club, (415) 977-5653.

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