Caleb Willingham’s ‘secret hideout’ revealed as TLC uncovers reason behind ‘1000-lb Sisters’ star’s death

STURGIS, KENTUCKY: Season 5 of “1000-lb Sisters” tackles Caleb Willingham’s struggle with weight gain.

In the recent episode, Tammy Slaton discovered Caleb’s “secret stash,” which is ultimately the reason he started gaining weight again.

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Tammy was seen holding a basket full of packaged food. She asked Caleb, “What is that?” He replied: “Candy, snacks, cookies…”

Acknowledging that he hasn’t been on a weight-loss diet, Caleb said, “I can’t really turn it around and make it look good.”

Tammy then called out Caleb during their interview, telling him, “First you have to remember I’m fat, so I’m like a bloodhound. I can smell the snacks.”

She then affirms that she is also a woman and that nothing goes unnoticed by a woman. Indeed, suggesting that Caleb couldn’t have hidden his eating disorder for too long.

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When Caleb’s “secret hiding place” was revealed, fans began claiming that it was the reason for his death.

One commented: “That’s why he died because of his food addiction.”

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Another wrote: “And those snacks cost him his life. Sad.”

“Caleb has no excuse…yes he misses Tammy but like Tammy said all he had to do was call her but he chose not to so he was free to eat junk food!” commented a fan knowing the real reason for Caleb’s death.

One wished: “Sad he died…wish he would have tried harder to lose weight.”

Another sad fan commented: “It cost him his life.”

Caleb Willingham and Tammy Slaton, stars of season 5 of
‘1000-lb Sisters’ Season 5 Star Tammy Slaton Discovers Caleb Willingham’s Secret Stash (YouTube/@tlc)

Caleb Willingham Claims Tammy Slaton Triggered His Food Addiction

Caleb admits in the newly released episode that after Tammy got out of rehab, he missed her a little too much and started self-sabotaging.

Tammy comforted Caleb by saying, “But you know, I’m just a text or phone call away.”

Caleb agrees: “I know baby, but how much are you going through,” referring to his sister Amy Slaton’s ongoing divorce.

Caleb broke down in tears as he said, “I don’t want to be the cause of stress and burdens.”

He added, “I want to be the reason things help get fixed.”


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How did ‘1000-lb Sisters’ star Caleb Willingham die?

Caleb was found unconscious at his rehabilitation center in July 2023. The exact reason for his death has not been revealed.

However, it is assumed that complications from his excessive weight gain were the cause of his death.

Tammy paid tribute to her former husband on social media by uploading photos with him, cherishing the times they spent together.

She wrote: “Rip sweet angel you will be missed forever and loved so much, thank you Caleb for showing me true love and happiness.”

The star of
‘1000-lb Sisters’ star Caleb Willingham reportedly died from weight gain and eating disorder (Instagram/@queentammy86)

New episodes of “1000-lb Sisters” Season 5 air every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.

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