Remembering ‘My 600-lb Life’ Star, Lisa Fleming, Dead at 50

Just months after her appearance on My 600-lb Life, Lisa Fleming unfortunately passed passed away. Though not what she had hoped for, Fleming made remarkable progress after the show, losing about 200 lbs. Through her brief stint on the TLC reality television series, audiences caught a glimpse of Fleming’s life struggles from childhood and the health challenges caused by her weight.

After discovering maggots in her skin foldings, she opted to work with My 600-lb Life‘s Dr. Nowzaradan to achieve her weight loss goals. Sadly, her dream of living a healthier life was abruptly cut off. Nevertheless, Lisa Fleming’s weight loss journey which highlighted her determination and strength inspired many. Keep reading for more interesting details about the late My 600-lb Life star. Before we begin, here’s a list of all the stars from My 600-Lb Life who have now unfortunately passed away:

Name Season Year of Death Cause of Death
Henry Foots Season 1 2013 Complications from surgery
Sean Milliken Season 4 2019 Complications from an infection
James “LB” Bonner Season 6 2018 Suicide
Lisa Fleming Season 6 2018 Poor health
Kelly Mason Season 7 2019 Heart failure
Coliesa McMillian Season 8 2020 Complications from surgery
Gina Krasley Season 8 2021 Undisclosed health issues
Renee Biran Season 6 2021 Undisclosed health issues
Ashley Randall Season 1 2021 Undisclosed health issues
James King Season 5 2020 Undisclosed health issues
Robert Buchel Season 6 2017 Heart attack
Larry Myers Jr. Season 10 2023 Heart attack

Lisa Fleming Struggled With Obesity From Childhood


Like most of My 600-lb Life alums, Lisa Fleming’s unfortunate journey with obesity began during her childhood. Her parents divorced when Fleming was 9 years old and at such a young age, she couldn’t deal with it. Also, her strained relationship with her mother and the fact that her brother was murdered didn’t help. Consequently, Fleming developed an unhealthy relationship with food to deal with anxiety, eventually ruining her life.

Interestingly, Lisa Fleming’s mother also struggled with obesity before she passed. At her worst stage in life, Fleming was bedridden on the same bed her mother slept in while battling weight issues. Nevertheless, she didn’t allow the trauma she experienced as a child to stop her from taking measures to live a better life. As such, starting her weight-loss journey with Dr. Nowzaradan was one thing Fleming took very seriously.

Lisa Fleming Was Featured On My 600-lb Life Season 6

Lisa Fleming on My 600-lb Life

Lisa Fleming had a wake-up call when maggot began breeding in the folds of her skin. At that moment, she decided to give Dr. Nowzaradan and his team a chance to help her achieve her weight loss goals. When an ambulance came for her, seven paramedics teamed up with a reinforced ramp to lift Fleming out of the bed while her family watched. Fleming debuted on My 600-lb Life season 6 episode 7 in February 2018, receiving so much love and encouragement from viewers.

When audiences were introduced to her, Lisa Fleming weighed over 700 lbs and lost about 87 lbs after getting hospitalized. However, she didn’t have enough resilience to go through the weight loss journey and demanded to be taken to her home. On her own, Fleming lost 200 lbs after her stint on the reality show. Unfortunately, she didn’t get the happy ending she hoped for as her weight-loss goal was never achieved. Nonetheless, she stood on her feet for the first time in years after commencing her treatment.

My 600-lb Life Has Recorded Many Deaths

My 600-Lb Life Poster My 600-lb Life
IMDB Rating 6.6/10
Where to Watch/Buy Amazon Prime, Hulu, Discovery+
Director Jonathan Nowzaradan
Producer Conor McAnally, Meg Morrissey
Main Cast Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, various patients
Airing Since February 1, 2012
Genre Reality Television
Synopsis “My 600-lb Life” follows the lives of individuals struggling with extreme obesity, chronicling their journey before, during, and after weight loss surgery. The show provides a glimpse into their challenges and triumphs as they strive for a healthier life.

Lisa Fleming is not the only star of My 600-lb Life who didn’t make it. Earlier the same month she died, My 600-lb Life alum James “L.B.” Bonner was found dead on August 2 after taking his own life at the age of 30. Another former star, Kelly Mason was the second star of the show who died during filming after suffering a heart attack in her sleep. Coliesa McMillan had severe sepsis following her weight loss surgery and died in September 2020.

Others who died before Lisa Fleming include Renee Biran, Ashley Randall, Gina Krasley, Robert Buchel, and James King. While several health challenges that originated from obesity caused most of the deaths, a few resorted to suicide. Notwithstanding, the show has nurtured many weight loss goals to success. Meet Melissa Morris, the first person featured on the show, who has been living her best life since her successful weight loss journey.

What Exactly Happened To My 600-lb Life’s Lisa Fleming?

Lisa Fleming

A few months after her appearance on My 600-lb Life, Lisa Fleming passed away in her Texas home on August 23, 2018. Her death occurred just months after seeking Dr. Nowzaradan’s assistance on her weight loss journey. However, her daughter, Danielle stated that her mother’s death must not be linked to her weight loss journey. Fleming was battling several health issues before she appeared on the TLC show.

Taking to Facebook, Danielle penned a heartfelt tribute to her mom saying, “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,” Danielle Fleming wrote. “I didn’t need to see you like that! This morning I sat and held your hand for 4 hours knowing nothing I could’ve done would bring you back to me.”

Many Stars From ‘My 600-lb Life Went On to Lose Weight and Became Successful’

Contestant Season Starting Weight Weight Lost Notable Achievements
Melissa D. Morris Season 1 653 lbs 447 lbs Became a motivational speaker and advocate for healthy living.
Christina Phillips Season 2 708 lbs 536 lbs Maintained a healthy lifestyle, active on social media, inspiring others.
Amber Rachdi Season 3 660 lbs 400 lbs Became a body positivity advocate, active on social media.
Nikki Webster Season 4 649 lbs 450 lbs Works as a successful professional, continues to promote healthy living.
Brittani Fulfer Season 4 605 lbs 370 lbs Active in her community, inspires others through her journey.
Paula Jones Season 2 542 lbs 400 lbs Became a fitness enthusiast, active in sharing her journey.
Charity Pierce Season 3 778 lbs 500 lbs Continues to work on her health and inspire others.
Justin McSwain Season 7 688 lbs 450 lbs Works in technology, advocates for mental health and fitness.
Dottie Perkins Season 4 641 lbs 271 lbs Focuses on her family and healthy lifestyle, active on social media.
Chay Guillory Season 3 597 lbs 271 lbs Transitioned, living a fulfilling life and promotes body positivity.
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