The Heartbreaking Story Of Lisa Fleming From My 600-Lb Life

When Lisa Fleming went on "My 600-Lb Life" in February 2018 she weighed 705 pounds. She could barely walk and was confined to her bed most of the time. Her weight problems started when she was a child, as she claimed her mother supposedly used food as a way to express love as well as carry out punishments. "That was her way of showing love," Lisa stated on the episode, per Life & Style. "She never said it, and that's how she showed it, by cooking." She also recalled how her mother forced her to eat an entire cake due to misbehaving. 

Sady, the weight continued to add up after she witnessed her brother's murder. Her situation was so desperate that, according to TMZ, she was finding maggots in the folds of her skin. It also took seven paramedics to get her out of her bed and into Dr. Now's Houston office for treatment. But Dr. Now's program ultimately wasn't a fit for Lisa, and she got kicked out after threatening to take her life, according to Life & Style. 

Despite this setback, she was able to lose 200 pounds, per TMZ. But the long-term success was fleeting. And, similar to other "My 600-Lb Life" stars, Lisa Fleming's story ended in tragedy. Here are the sad details. 

Lisa Fleming's death devastated her daughter

Lisa Fleming died in her Texas home on Aug. 24, 2018, at 50 years old, TMZ reported. Her daughter, Danielle, made the announcement of her mother's death on Facebook. "I am truly at a loss for words right now," Danielle's post (via the Daily News) read. "God knows I wanted you to hold on until I got here but He knew what was best for me. 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." Danielle also insisted that it wasn't her mother's weight that caused her demise. Rather, as she told TMZ, her mother's body "just gave out."

Lisa's death came in the same month that another "My 600-Lb Life" participant, James "LB" Bonner, died of suicide. Of course, these two deaths happening so close together was tough on the show's dedicated viewers, and it makes the situation that much more tragic.

One year after Lisa's death, her daughter reflected on the loss in a heartbreaking post (via Starcasm) "Our bond was beyond mother and daughter! We were unstoppable," she wrote on Facebook (via Starcasm). "I thank all my friends, coworkers who've put me under their wings, and my family who've loved on me and just made sure I was ok. im still not but I manage to press forward for my daughters every day!"

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.