My 600-lb Life is a reality show on TLC about people who literally weigh 600 pounds or more seeking help to change their lives.
Sadly, obesity of this severity can have a serious impact on a person’s health, and some of the previous participants have since passed away, including Gina Krasley, who died on August 1 at the age of 30.
In season 8, Gina Krasley appeared on the show to tell her story and begin her weight loss journey. She spoke of her struggles with mental health and fear of abandonment, as well as how she felt “pushed under the rug” her whole life. He lost a decent amount of weight by the end of his episode and in fact went on to lose a total of 300 kilos before his untimely death, as he documented on YouTube. According to his obituary, he “passed away at home surrounded by her loving family”. So far, there is not much information on what exactly led to her death at such a young age.
But there are some clues. Krasley reflected on his final weeks on his personal YouTube channel to keep friends, fans and distant family informed when his health suddenly deteriorated. These videos help give an insight into his final days.
How Did My 600-lb’s Life Star Gina Krasley Die?
Gina Krasley’s Life YouTube channel was launched about five months ago and features dozens of videos of Gina Krasley proudly talking about her weight loss journey. Just over three months ago, however, things started to take a turn for the worse.
In a short video entitled ‘Hospital Bound’, she tells viewers that she started having problems eating and drinking and ended up in hospital with an infection. That infection turned out to be cellulitis, a bacterial infection that attacks the skin and fat cells, according to the Mayo Clinic. In a series of videos she posted in her final months, the “My 600-lb Life” star complained of nerve pain and tried to get an appointment with a neurologist to test her for peripheral neuropathy.
The condition, which is caused by damage to nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, is usually first felt in the arms and legs – something Krasley makes clear in his videos.
Gina Krasley stopped uploading videos to YouTube three weeks before his death. In one of his latest updates, he announced that he had an appointment with a neurologist on 29 July. That would have been about a week ago as we write this. While the cause of his death remains a mystery, he will be missed and loved by his family, friends and fans who he inspired along the way.