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'Heartbroken' fans mourn heavenly birthday of TV star who 'never felt like she fit in'

My 600-lb Life star, Destinee, never felt like she fit in. She came out as a transgender woman and loved her curves, but needed to say goodbye to them to be approved to transition completely.

Destinee Lashaee’s episode of My 600-lb Life aired on March 6, 2019. Following a weight loss journey, she died in February 2022 at the age of 30, and loved ones are now remembering her heavenly birthday.

Destinee LaShaee wears blue vest top and sits at wooden table, looking to right in kitchen, on My 600-lb Life.
Credit: My 600-lb Life/TLC

Destinee LaShaee ‘never felt she fit in’

Destinee LaShaee always felt as though she never fit in, but had learned to love her curves. Making history as the TLC show’s first transgender star, she admitted she felt food was “killing her”.

She said, “I just lay here all day and wait for food. I don’t see any of my family and friends, unless they come to see me. I feel like all I’m constantly doing is trying to escape my depression and pain.”

LaShaee felt she was at a “breaking point” before adding that she “needs to be able to get help.” The star continued: “I need to be able to lose this weight or they’re going to be burying me next.”

My 600-lb Life star dropped lbs

Destinee lost a whopping 500lbs (226kg) after My 600-lb Life. She faced many tough moments, as during her debut, Destinee revealed: “I don’t think I can live until next year being this big.”

She went on to inspire viewers following her visit to Dr. Now and was determined to follow his diet program to qualify for surgery, initially weighing almost 700lbs before she embarked on a health journey.

By 2020, she had gotten down to 350 pounds, and by the year after, she had lost a total of 514 pounds. Destinee revealed she was “so proud of herself”. By July 2021, Destinee had dropped to 207 lbs.

TLC fans mourn heavenly birthday

Destinee’s heavenly birthday takes place on July 22. Every year, TLC fans and loved ones mourn the loss and often take to her social media page to share their devastation.

One fan wrote, “Destinee you were definitely an inspiration to others. I’m so very sorry that you couldn’t see in yourself what others saw. Even at your biggest weight, you had a confident walk.”

Another penned, “Just watched your episode on 600 lb life and looked you up and I’m just devastated and can’t stop crying. Rest in peace, you deserved so much better than the way your life started out.”

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