An obese woman who was featured on the show My 600lb Life has died aged 50 just a few months after telling her story on national television.
Lisa Fleming died at home in Texas, on Thursday with her daughter by her side. Her episode of the show appeared on TLC in February.
At the start of it, she weighed close to 705lbs and was in such a bad way doctors found maggots in the folds of her skin.
She underwent weight loss surgery which allowed her to lose 200lbs but her body ‘gave out’ this week, according to her adult daughter Danielle.
Lisa Fleming died at home in Houston, Texas, on Thursday with her daughter by her side. Her episode of the show appeared on TLC in February. She is shown in her episode of My 600lb Life which aired in February
Fleming told on the show how her overeating began when her brother was murdered when she was a youngster. She witnessed his killing
‘At the end she was sick and her body was tired and her body just gave out,’ she said.
In a Facebook post announcing her mother’s death, Danielle wrote: ‘I am truly at a loss for words right now. God knows I wanted you to hold on until I got here but He knew what was best for me.
‘I’m happy you’re no longer in pain and stuck in that bed.’
L.B. Bonner, who also previously appeared on the show, committed suicide earlier this month.
Lisa’s own mother died of obesity when she was younger. Her overeating began after she witnessed her brother’s murder, she said.
The grandmother also overcame a heroin addiction before she appeared on the show.
Lisa’s daughter Danielle shared this photograph of them holding hands on Thursday on Facebook. They stayed like this for four hours while her mother stopped breathing
During her episode she blamed a difficult relationship with her mother for giving her a dependency on food.
She told how she was 120lbs by the time she turned 11 and would hide ice cream in her room to eat secretively at night.
Seven paramedics were needed to remove the woman from her bed, down a ramp and onto an ambulance.
They also had to use her bed sheets to help life Fleming out of the bed.
‘The paramedics have to reinforce the ramp they’ll use to get me out of the house,’ she admitted. ‘I can’t believe it’s come to this.
‘But at least I’m doing something about it before it gets to be too late.’