TV star dies weighing 78 STONE after blaming reality weight loss show for ballooning to FIVE TIMES his size – The Sun
AN OBESE reality star has died weighing almost 78 stone because he "could not stop" eating.
Maximiliano Oliva, known as Maxi, lost 17 stone in 2006 on a weight loss reality show, only to pile back on the pounds.
Maxi became well-known in Argentina after participating in popular TV show Cuestion de Peso (Question of Weight) and dropped to just 15st 7lbs, losing a grand total of 18 stone.
The show sees contestants competing to lose the most weight and Maximillion was declared the winner after dropping from 33st 8lbs to just over 15 and a half stone.
Contestants on the show were guided through their weight loss journey with the help of celebrity doctor, Adrian Cormillot.
Local media report Maxi dropped further weight after the show, going on to wed fellow contestant, Vanesa Anabel Rivera, whom he met on Cuestion de Peso.
However, Maxi quickly began to put the weight back on and by 2010 he weighed almost 40 stone.
By 2013 he had gained a further 7 stone, telling reporters at the time: "You can see how I am devastated, tired of the situation. I feel a lot of blame for not being able to keep it up.
"It is everything or nothing. I started feeling desperate and started to eat again and I could not stop, with deep depression."
He participated on the show again, in February 2017.
Following depression and weight gain, Maxi reportedly spent two years lying on a bed in his home in the eastern Argentina province of Buenos Aires.
The show's producers had to organise a rescue team of over 70 people to break down a wall in Maxi's house – as he was too large to fit through the door.
Firefighters and civil defence staff removed Maxi, still strapped to his bed, so he could participate in the show for a second time.
By April 2019 he could stand again and was sent home from Dr Cormillot's medical centre, telling the cameras "I am happy".
However, Maxi reportedly began rapidly gaining weight, with his disease tragically killing him earlier this month.
Dr Cormillot, who guided him through much of his dramatic weight loss journey paid tribute to the former patient, he said: "All the pain for someone, who was very much with us, and fought with all that this disease allows to fight."
Argentine celeb and former Cuestion de Peso star Susana Giménez paid tribute to her friend on twitter, writing: "Sorry to give the news that a former companion of Matter of Weight , Maxi Oliva [has died].
"Damn obesity, a disease that unfortunately I suffer, and that took a life so young and for which nothing could be done despite everything that helped him."
He leaves behind a nine-year-old daughter named Valentina, and his wife Vanesa.
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