Former 'Extreme Weight Loss' contestant found dead in motel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Rod Durham, who was a contestant on the ABC reality show "Extreme Weight Loss," was found dead in his motel room in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend. He was 52.

Durham, who was a drama teacher at a high school in Tallahassee, was in Fort Lauderdale during his school's spring break, according to he Tallahasse Democrat.

Durham weighed 450 pounds when he appeared on the ABC in 2014. He lost 180 pounds during the year he was followed by the show.

Friends told the Tallahasse Democrat Durham died of diabetic shock.

Chris Powell, Durham's trainer on the show, wrote on Instagram:

"Your positive energy and contagious laugh brightened this world and everyone lucky enough to meet you. You had an ability to make everyone feel special and loved. You changed your own life and in the process, you motivated and inspired millions of others. You have forever made a positive difference in this world.

We love you and miss you Rod. There are some lucky angels up there because they can enjoy your awesomeness now. We'll see you again, brother.

PS I'm sure heaven has a pretty sweet gym and all the weight you can lift."

Durham's last post on Instagram was on February 6th, the same day he celebrated his 52nd birthday.