Brandi Mallory, star of Extreme Weight Loss, passed away at the age of 40.
The makeup artist, who was featured in the ABC series during Season 4, passed away in Stone Mountain, Georgia, on Thursday.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office informed The U.S. Sun that she was discovered dead in a company parking lot at 10.40 a.m.
On Sunday, November 19, there will be a memorial service at Georgia’s Tri-Cities Funeral Home.
On November 12, friends and family came together to celebrate Brandi’s life with a candlelight vigil.
She made an appearance on Extreme Weight Loss in episode 7 of season 4.
Brandi competed in pageants for years after falling in love with the sport as a young girl while watching them on television with her mother.
By the time she was twelve, she weighed over two hundred fifty pounds, and pageant judges informed her she was too big to compete.
At her heaviest, the ABC personality weighed 329 pounds.
Brandi was the first client of coach Chris Powell to compete in a half-ironman on the show.
She was to lose a pound per day and complete a total of 70.3 miles of swimming, biking, and running in less than eight hours.
The beauty artist frequently posted videos to Instagram of herself exercising and dancing.
On November 3, she shared a video of herself eating an apple, which was her last post.
Over the weekend, her college pal shared a devastating homage to her on Instagram, lamenting the reality star’s “bright smile.”
Her friend shared pictures and videos with Brandi and wrote: “An open message to my darling…
“As I sit here and think about all of the thousands of memories with you from our royal court days to this years homecoming celebration, I’m honestly still at a lost for words. Moments of grief hit me and I just couldn’t find it in me to even to post about this Immense loss.
“The one thing I can say that was consistent in everyone of those memories was your bright smile, bombastic laugh and that one of a kind way of challenging me and reminding me that no matter to just look at the silver lining in life and just to smile!
“Smile and be grateful for the smallest things in life. To celebrate the smallest of things no matter what life throws at you.”
Kim Williams Maxile, a fellow Extreme Weight Loss star, also honored Brandi on Instagram.
Kim, who made an appearance in the fifth season of the show, wrote: “Sis, rest in love.
I’ll miss you, Brandi, my fellow Extreme Weight Loss sister.
“I’ll never forget how we watched your season at boot camp during season five, and it motivated us to keep going. We had so much in common, from pageants to beauty artistry to just a love of life, that your episode was my favorite.”
“When my episode aired a year later you reached out and even though we never met in person (at that moment) you and I became sisters as only a small group of us know what life was like on the show and life after the show.
“We finally met in person a few years later when you came to spend time with me in Cali and it was like we’ve known each other our whole life!”
Kim went on: “Girl, I enjoyed our weekend and we just stayed up for 3 days talking about everything. We laughed we cried, we created a project together and I knew we’d be sisters for life.
“You truly made an impact on this world with your zest and your passion for body positivity. I’m blessed to have gotten to experience you in this world. Love you so much sis.”