Truth behind Tragic Death of 'My 600-Lb Life' Star Coliesa McMillian Who Died at 41
Former reality star Coliesa McMillan died last year in Louisiana. McMillan suffered multiple health complications because of her weight before she passed away.
The truth behind the tragic death of “600-Lb Life” star Coliesa McMillan, who died at age 41, involves surgical complications. TLC Network announced her death on September 21, 2020 on Twitter, writing:
“TLC is saddened to learn of the loss of Coliesa McMillan, who shared her story on My 600lb Life. Our deepest condolences to her family at this difficult time."
McMillan appeared on the hit reality show in March 2020, a series that features people who are obese seeking a healthier lifestyle with surgery.
At the time of the pronouncement, the cause of death was not immediately revealed, although her health had been deteriorating for months prior.
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.— TLC Network (@TLC) September 23, 2020
Later that year, in June, an update on a Facebook support page for McMillan shared she had been "on life support and almost died" adding she was confined to a bed.
Another update in August indicated she was back in the hospital. The following month, the support page announced that McMillan had died after suffering "health problems."
In April that same year, McMillian’s niece revealed to The Sun that although her aunt had recovered from the operation depicted on the show on the March episode, she initially suffered hemorrhaging.
She disclosed her relative was placed on a ventilator and was in a medically induced coma before briefly flatlining. McMillan also suffered a heart attack when she was 39 years old.
During her Season 8-episode, Dr. Now tried all his might to help McMillian, who weighed 643 pounds when the filming of her episode began.
However, things did not go according to plan as her weight caused severe comorbidity leading Dr. Now to change the timetable of her surgery. While surgeons usually advise patients to shed the weight first before the procedure, McMillan had a different situation.
Dr. Now felt it was more important to operate sooner than later. Her acute comorbidities were so severe that he believed her chances of survival without the surgery were a bare minimum.
"I know I'm going to die because I do feel like a ticking time bomb," McMillan said while taping her episode of the series. "My heart could give out any time, and I can feel the weight weighing me down.”
At the time, she said she had to be there for her kids. McMillan had four daughters who were her inspiration for doing the reality show.