N.J.’s Gina Krasley, from TLC’s ‘My 600-Lb Life,’ dead at 30 – NJ.com

Gina Marie Krasley, an Ocean County resident who appeared on the TLC reality show “My 600-Lb Life,” has died.

Krasley, who loved to dance, was 30.

A cause of death was not announced. An online obituary for Krasley said she died at home on August 1, surrounded by her family.

Krasley, a Galloway native, lived in Tuckerton and previously resided in Forked River and Barnegat.

On “My 600-Lb Life,” Krasley said she developed an eating disorder as a child, in part because of physical abuse from her father. At 14, she weighed 300 pounds.

After she was featured on the show’s eighth season in 2020, Krasley continued to document her life in YouTube videos, including hospital treatment this past spring. Earlier this year, she said she had dropped almost 300 pounds after going from close to 700 pounds to 400 pounds.

Later, she lost the ability to walk and said she lost feeling in her hands — she couldn’t pick up a cup or her phone — and was expecting to see a neurologist.

“I’m just going to fight because I want to walk,” she said in a May update.

Krasley previously posted dance videos with the message #DancingHasNoSizeLimit on TikTok, where she has more than 245,000 followers and 1.8 million likes. Her family said she dreamed of opening a dance studio for special needs children.

“Her greatest passion was dancing and she would make up dances with her sister and kids in the neighborhood growing up,” her obituary said.

A young Krasley appeared in the 1998 movie “Walking to the Waterline” with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” stars Alan Ruck and Matthew Broderick (as Gina Marie LeMehaute).

There is no mention of the TLC reality show in Krasley’s obituary. Before her death, she sued Megalomedia, the show’s production company, the New York Post reports. She was one of nine “My 600-Lb Life” cast members to do so, alleging “intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence,” and inadequate mental health services during the show.

Krasley claimed that producers required her to overeat while filming the show even though she was on an extreme diet in order to qualify for bariatric surgery. She was ultimately not able to have the surgery.

Another cast member, James L.B. Bonner, died by suicide in 2018 after appearing on the show. His family was the first to file a lawsuit against the production company.

A total of 10 “My 600-Lb Life” subjects have died, including Krasley, Bonner and Renee Biran, who died in May, and James King and Coliesa McMillan, both in 2020.

“TLC was deeply saddened by the loss of Gina Krasley, who shared her weight-loss journey on My 600lb Life,” the network tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”

Krasley is survived by her wife of six years, Elizabeth Krasley, her mother Cathy Devereux, sister Ali Samuels, grandmother Stella Perullo and grandparents Michael and Annette Tubito.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, August 8 at Maxwell Funeral Home, 160 Mathistown Road in Little Egg Harbor. The family requests that those attending wear pink or purple, Krasley’s favorite colors. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to a mental health charity.

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Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.