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Gina Krasley, known to reality TV viewers as the new star of TLC’s “My 600-lb Life,” has died. She was 30 years old.
Her official cause of death has not been announced, but she passed away Sunday at her home in Tuckerton, NJ, “surrounded by her loving family” at the time, according to her obituary.
Krasley joined the TLC series in 2020 — which chronicled the lives of obese people undergoing gastric bypass surgeries — and was featured in an episode presciently titled “Time is Running Our For Gina,” which has nearly 1 million views on YouTube.
“My life’s been hard,” Krasley admitted in the heartrending introduction to the clip. “… I always felt my entire life like I was just pushed under the rug.”
She had recently posted social media videos about health struggles that had rendered her immobile with severe pain in her extremities.
“‘I remember what made me forget the pain of being abandoned was eating — and by the time I was 10, I was already over 150 pounds,” Krasley once said on her TLC show.
By 14, she weighed more than 300 pounds, yet she continued to turn to food as an “escape,” she said. “As I was getting closer to 500lbs, it started to get harder to do things.”
She was a lifelong resident of Ocean County — having resided in Forked River, Barnegat and Tuckerton for the last six years.
“Her greatest passion was dancing and she would make up dances with her sister and kids in the neighborhood growing up,” according to her family’s statement. She started the “dancing has no size limit” TikTok trend and “dreamed of one day opening up a dance studio for special needs children.”
In addition to her reality TV stint, she appeared in a bit part in the 1998 indie film “Walking to the Waterline,” and she “enjoyed playing video games and spending time with her family.”
In an omission too glaring to be an oversight, Krasley’s heartfelt obituary made no mention of her recent appearance on “My 600-lb. Life,” which some critics have accused of exploiting the struggles of obese people.
‘Her greatest passion was dancing… [she] dreamed of one day opening up a dance studio for special needs children.’
Gina was proceeded in death by her father, Anthony Snyder, and grandfather, Angelo Perullo, according to her obit.
She is survived by her mother Cathy Devereux, her wife of six years Elizabeth Krasley, her sister Ali Samuels and brother-in-law Keith, grandmother Stella Perullo, grandparents Michael and Annette Tubito, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, her dog Bubba and her cat Daisy.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maxwell Funeral Home 160 Mathistown Rd. Little Egg Harbor, NJ. The family requests that attendees please wear pink or purple which were Gina’s favorite colors.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that make donations be made to mental health charities of their choosing.
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