Sadly, it didn’t take much time for things to go horribly wrong after the surgery was complete. Shortly thereafter, according to Starcasm, one of Coliesa’s surgery sutures ruptured, causing hemorrhaging and sepsis. It wasn’t long before she was back in the hospital. Ironically, she was hospitalized and was dealing with life-threatening complications just as the TLC episode of her journey back to health debuted on television. Coliesa, unfortunately, passed away on September 22, 2020. And less than two weeks after her death (as reported by RecentlyHeard), her episode was pulled from the TLC website and is no longer available for viewing.
Despite TLC being very tight-lipped about what happened to Coliesa, social media posts revealed by Starcasm show a close family member, Coliesa’s niece Blair Shelton, being very candid about what happened to her aunt in a way that hints at possible criticism of the TLC network. “The show does not follow the correct timeline”, her lengthy message stated, adding that “after surgery she never fully recovered”, which seems to contradict the show’s narrative.
Coliesa fought for several weeks against severe infection and seemingly hesitated to receive medical treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TLC did, however, offer up the following sympathetic tweet: “TLC is saddened to learn of the loss of Coliesa McMillian, who shared her story on ‘My 600-lb Life.’ Our deepest condolences to her family at this difficult time.” Most of the replies in that Twitter thread were kind words from people expressing condolences to the McMillian family for their loss.