Coliesa McMillian, who appeared earlier this year on “My 600-lb. Life,” has passed away at age 41.
Per her obituary, the TLC personality died “peacefully” at a hospital in Louisiana on Tuesday. Her exact cause of death has yet to be disclosed.
On the show, McMillian openly discussed her turbulent life. When she was 30 and weighed over 500 pounds, McMillian left her incarcerated husband and moved to Louisiana with her four daughters: Hannah, Sadie, Kadelynn, and Victoria.
Nine years later at age 39, she suffered a heart attack. Though her brother called 911 and the ambulance arrived at her residence, McMillian says her “heart gave out” and “stopped.”
At the hospital, McMillian was told she was “too big” to be operated on, so her heart condition was never fixed.
Though she knew she had to lose weight in order to “survive another heart attack,” McMillian endured another setback: the death of her fiancé to a car crash.
“That devastated me, but I did what I had to do to get through it. And that was to eat so I didn’t fall apart,” she said.
When the episode was shot, McMillian admitted to spending a majority of her time in bed.
“I rely on food to waste my life. Just the hunger, and the want, and the crave. It’s taken over my life and I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of this life,” she said. “Living like this is not living. If I don’t lose this weight, I’m going to die. I know I’m going to die because I do feel like a ticking time bomb. My heart could give out anytime.”
According to TMZ, McMillian underwent surgery to aid in weight loss, but suffered complications afterward and ended up on life support.
McMillian’s memorial services will be held on Thursday and Friday at the Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
Our condolences go out to her family and loved ones for their loss.