‘My 600 Lb. Life’ Reality TV Participant Dies Before Show Airs
A man who took part in TLC’s reality TV show “My 600-Lb. Life” died of a heart attack while filming the show, according to reports.
Robert Buchel, 41, died of a heart attack in November, but his death was only revealed Wednesday, Feb. 28, reported the New York Post’s Page Six.
He had weighed 842 pounds during his time on the show, but viewers saw him lose more than 200 pounds.
His fiancee, Kathryn Lemanski, paid tribute to him in a Facebook post.
“On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the love of my life, my best friend, my closest confidant, Robert Buchel passed away suddenly,” she wrote on Facebook.
She added: “I wish I could say that my heart was broken or even shattered, but in reality it is just gone. My heart died along with him. Our future together died along with him. Next year we were going to be getting married in Walt Disney World and have our own Disney Fairytale Wedding. We were going to start a family. We were going to grow old together. Everything we were ever going to be can now never be. He did not deserve to go this way and this was not his time…Rob had a hard life and in the last 2 months he finally had hope for the life he always wanted. This was a robbery beyond words.”
Lemanski told the Daily Mail that his last words were: “I don’t think I’ll make it through the night. I love you and I always will.” She said he told her those words the night before his death.
She told the Mail that the two were slated to get married next year.
“I lost my best friend and the person I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with,” she continued.