The entertainment website cited McMillian’s family for the report. What was the cause of death? The 643-pound McMillian died in a Louisiana hospital. Although no cause of death was given, she had previously suffered a heart attack, TMZ reported. She also ended up on life support after weight loss surgery that was featured on the show in March 2020.
Her full name was Coliesa Kay Lee McMillian. You can read her obituary here.
Here’s what you need to know:
McMillian Told the Show She’d Had a Heart Attack & Would Not Survive Another
— TLC Network (@TLC) March 18, 2020
In a teaser for the show on TLC, McMillian said she was over 400 pounds by the time she was 23. She kept gaining weight as she had four children. Her husband was arrested and went to jail, she said, and she left him. She said she “packed the kids up in the middle of the night and moved to Louisiana” at age 30 to get away from him. At age 31, she met her fiancé and so “life got better for a while.”
In the video, she discussed her heart issues. She had a heart attack at age 39. “My heart gave out and it stopped,” she said. She was “too big to do surgery on” so they weren’t able to fix her heart. “And I know I won’t survive another heart attack unless I lose weight,” she said.
Her fiancé died in a car accident, and she said she dealt with the trauma by eating more.
In the video, McMillian talked about death and she knew her time was numbered. She said she was spending the majority of her time in her bed.
“I have allowed food to waste my life,” she said. “It’s taken over my life, and I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of this life. Living like this is not living. If I don’t lose this weight, I am going to die. … My heart could give out at any time. I can feel the weight weighing me down.”
She said her heart problems were a ticking time bomb.
McMillian Suffered Complications From Weight Loss Surgery
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According to TMZ, McMillian ended up on life support after suffering complications from weight loss surgery. Her family had said she was recovering.
UK Mirror reported that she was initially in stable condition after that surgery.
However, it put her in intensive care at the time, according to The Sun. Although she hadn’t lost enough weight to qualify for surgery, Dr. Younan Nowzaradan did it out of concern that McMillian may have had a life-threatening intestinal blockage after she complained of stomach pains, The Sun reported in April. When the episode aired, her niece posted on social media that McMillian was on life support, but her daughter told The Sun last spring, “She’s doing fine she just has to learn how to do it all again. She was [in the ICU], but not anymore. She’s in the hospital still but she’s doing a lot better.”
The Sun reported that McMillian’s niece said her aunt “started hemorrhaging when a row of stitches from the procedure popped.” She then developed and infection and was placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma, The Sun reported.
It hasn’t been confirmed that the surgery led to her death, however.
“Coliesa a loving, mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully at The Crossing on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the age of 41. She was a resident of St. Francisville and native of Port Allen, LA,” McMillian’s obituary says.
The obituary adds that McMillian is “survived by her daughters, Hannah and Sadie Gail Marie McMillian, Kadelynn Lee and Victoria Noel Lee Courville.” She is also survived by other relatives.