Popular Auckland fitness trainer dies

06:15, Jul 31 2014

Gym staff from Les Mills are in Taupo mourning the loss of popular Auckland fitness trainer Joe Houpapa.

The 40-year-old passed away 2.20am Tuesday morning after hitting his head on Sunday afternoon.

He leaves behind partner Trish and young children Kiana, Le Bron, Luca and Eden.

Houpapa's funeral was held yesterday morning in Avondale and his body taken to his family Marae in Taupo where friends from Les Mills have gone to grieve.

The central Auckland gym Houpapa taught at set up a Givealittle fundraising page for his family which has raised $42,035.00 so far.

"On the 29th of July we lost a much-loved member of our Les Mills family; personal trainer and group fitness instructor Joe Houpapa," Les Mills staff wrote.

"The face of Personal Training and Les Mills Bootcamp, Joe has won countless awards for his dedication and hard work.

"His absence will be sorely felt by all his colleagues, clients, and members of Les Mills."

Police have referred inquiries to the Coroner.