A Russian woman whose weight peaked at a shopping 55st has died following an appearance on a live TV show.
Lyubov Nurdinova, 57, had been described as “the heaviest woman in Russia ”.
She was reportedly suffering from depression at the time of her death and refused to answer the door to anyone, according to neighbours.
She had recently appeared on Russian TV show On Air Live on which her children said they were fed up with caring for her.
The former school cook’s 25-year-old youngest son Alexey had been her sole carer since he was aged seven.
His mum had been bedridden and unable to leave her home in the city of Tyumen, in Siberia, for many years.
During the talk show, the younger son Alexey had spoken of his frustration at being his mother’s full-time carer.
He said while his mother was in hospital he had finally had an opportunity to go out and socialise and even found himself a girlfriend.
He said: “I met (girlfriend) Elena while my mother was in hospital.
“We had a great time as I did not have to take care of her. But now everything is back, and she is back in the apartment and I have no personal life again.”
Lyubov’s weight began to increase dramatically after three pregnancies and at one point she weighed 350kg (55st).
Doctors offered to help her after her story was published on a Russian website and she was admitted to a hospital where she managed to slim down to 149kg (23st).
Her weight-loss success made her a minor local celebrity, landing her TV show appearances and she followed her initial diet with stomach reduction surgery – allowing her to take her first steps after years of being unable to move without assistance.
Lyubov said it was just the start of a big plan to one day “dress up in nice clothes and go out on the town.”
She said she hoped her story would inspire others not to give up, and to lose weight so that they could live healthier and happier lives.
She said when undergoing the surgery in April: “I thought that my life would come to an end, I thought I was going to die, but now, I don’t want to die, I want to live.”
But after being treated for an alleged overdose of antidepressant pills, she was invited onto the TV show where her family were forced to do a lie detector test to confirm they had not poisoned her because they were fed up with caring for her.
She had tried to stop them going through with it, insisting that she had taken the pills herself deliberately because she was depressed about her life.
The lie detector test confirmed her children were not involved – but it also revealed that they were fed up with looking after her.