My 600-Lb Life' Star Henry Foots Was First Contestant to Pass Away After the Show — Inside His Tragic Death
Not many TV shows are as life-changing as “My 600-Lb Life,” and Henry Foots knew it firsthand. While he shed hundreds of pounds, he couldn’t enjoy his new life for long.
It’s been nine years since “My 600-Lb Life” debuted on TLC, and many people have tried to lose weight and improve their lifestyles with the help of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, also known as Dr. Now.
However, it is not an easy process. Schenee Murry-Hawkins, for example, never got used to the calorie-restricted diet and dropped out of the program after only eight months, losing less than one pound.
HENRY FOOTS’ WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY
Henry Foots’ case was different. He was one of the first patients Dr. Now helped during the first season of “My 600-Lb Life.” When his episode aired in 2012, the then 47-year-old Texas native shocked the world with his 715 pounds.
His optimistic personality and humble nature stole the audience’s heart, and everyone couldn’t help but root for him to stick to the weight-loss plan and shed as many pounds as possible.
Throughout the episode, the audience learned that Foots began overeating when he was just a kid, and since he could never stop, he kept on gaining weight.
Foots mother, Addie, also took part of the blame as she rarely said no to his demands and never did anything to prevent her son’s weight from spiraling out of control.
Even with her help, Foots’ food addiction would have been too hard to manage. He once admitted he used to hide in the bathroom to eat whenever he felt he wasn’t supposed to do it in the open.
It is important to point out that the first season of “My 600-Lb Life” was different from the rest as it showed seven years (between 2004 and 2011) of four separate patients.
Throughout Foots’ episode, we saw him sticking to a healthy diet and getting gastric bypass and skin removal surgeries. Unfortunately, he almost passed away in the middle of one of the procedures.
While doctors were performing his second skin removal surgery, he flatlined. They could revive him, luckily. Foots then said he saw a light prepared to take him to Heaven, but he wasn’t ready to go as he still needed to do things on earth.
At the end of the episode, Foots confessed he lost 440 pounds. When the show ended in 2012, he returned to work as a shuttle bus driver, but life had a dreadful destiny prepared for him.
Foots was the first “My 600-Lb Life” alum to die, but more came after him.
FOOTS’ LIFE AFTER THE SHOW
In November 2012, a few months after Foots returned to work, he lost control of his bus and crashed into an SUV. The impact didn’t stop the vehicle, which then hit 43-year-old Carlet Michelle Blake.
Blake, who was standing on the corner of an intersection, sadly passed away. Eleven bus passengers were also injured and taken to a hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.
Authorities investigating the accident said Foots might have suffered a “medical episode,” especially because some witnesses allegedly saw that Foots passed out before hitting the SUV.
Only six months after the accident, on May 16, 2013, Foots passed away. So far, the cause of his death has not been disclosed, but it is supposedly unrelated to his weight or bus accident.
MORE SHOW’S ALUMS HAVE DIED
Foots was the first “My 600-Lb Life” alum to die, but more came after him, sadly. One of them was Sean Milliken, who weighed in at over 900 pounds at his heaviest.
In 2017, shortly after his mother died due to complications from kidney issues, Milliken passed away. He also had complications following an infection, reported his father.
Robert Buchel’s death was one of the most shocking as he became the first person to die while filming his “My 600-Lb Life” episode. After losing 340 pounds, he became addicted to painkillers and wouldn’t exercise unless he took some pain medication.
In November 2017, he suffered a heart attack and died. Kelly Mason, Lisa Fleming, and Coliesa McMillan, and a few other “My 600-Lb Life” stars have passed away, too. Rest in peace.
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