Coliesa McMillian, star of TLC’s “My 600-Lb. Life,” has died at 41. The mother of four passed away peacefully on Tuesday at a hospice facility in Louisiana, according to her obituary. No cause of death has been revealed.
TLC confirmed the news on Thursday in a statement to Twitter.
“TLC is saddened to learn of the loss of Coliesa McMillian, who shared her story on My 600lb Life. Our deepest condolences to her family at this difficult time,” the network wrote.
McMillian appeared in Season 8 of “My 600-lb. Life,” a reality TV show which attempts to overhaul the lifestyles of several people, all weighing over 600 pounds, who are hoping to bring their obesity under control.
Prior to joining the series, McMillian suffered a heart attack. Soon after, she lost her fiancé in a car accident, according to TMZ. McMillian opted to have surgery to aid her weight loss but suffered complications and was placed on life support.
In April, her niece told The Sun that McMillian had hemorrhaged after several stitches from the surgery burst open. She then became septic and flatlined. She was placed on life support but was able to recover.
In a clip from the show shared by TLC, McMillian said food had taken over her life and her weight was negatively impacting her health.
“Living like this is not living. If I don’t lose this weight, I’m going to die,” she said. “My heart could give out at any time. I can feel the weight weighing me down. It’s like my body’s trying to give up.”
Most recently, a Facebook support page created for McMillian revealed that the reality TV star had been placed on life support and had nearly died. The page claimed that she had made a recovery but was confined to a bed and in “a lot of pain.”
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