Star of 'My 600-lb Life' dies during filming of reality show

TLC reality show My 600-lb Life profiles the efforts of the obese to lose weight, but viewers were given heartbreaking news in this week's episode: Robert Buchel, a New Jersey man who weighed 842 pounds at the start of the episode, did not survive filming.

In a Facebook post, Lemanski called the death a "robbery beyond words," saying that after a hard life, Buchel had finally started having hope for the future. "The night before he passed he told me 'If I don't wake up tomorrow please know that I have always loved you,'" she said.

TLC was "deeply saddened" by the death and is "grateful to his family who were gracious enough to let us continue to share his brave story with our viewers," the network said in a statement to FOX.

This article originally appeared on Newser: 842-Pound Man Dies During Filming of Reality Show

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