Extreme Weight Loss star Rod Durham has died at the age of 52.
The drama teacher was reportedly found dead over the weekend by housekeepers at a motel in Fort Lauderdale from what seems to be diabetic shock. He was on vacation celebrating Leon High School‘s spring break.
You may remember Durham from the fourth season of the ABC series where he lost more than 180 pounds.
Heidi Powell — who trained Durham on the show — paid tribute to the former reality star on Monday saying:
Heaven just got a lot brighter today when Rod entered the pearly gates. While I am selfishly so sad and completely devastated that I won’t get to see him on earth anymore, I am rejoicing for the spirit he is carrying with him and spreading to everyone up there…including my dad. Rod, you will be missed terribly. Everything from your kindness, to your warm smile and bear hugs, to your friendship, to you extraordinary ability to make ANYONE (including me) feel special. YOU are special. And will never be forgotten. Love you BIG, and can’t wait to be welcomed into heaven someday with that one-of-a-kind infectious laugh of yours. Thanks for changing MY world, @roddurham. Now go do you up there, buddy!!!! ├░┼╕ΓÇÿ┬╝├░┼╕┬Å┬╝├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬ÅA photo posted by Heidi Powell (@realheidipowell) on Mar 14, 2016 at 9:41am PDT
An administrator from Durham’s high school added that students are “broken-hearted” over his passing:
“He always made everyone smile – even if you were having the worst day. If you saw Rod, your day got better. His laugh was simply infectious. … Everyone loved Rod Durham. There are tens of thousands of kids today who are broken-hearted.”
Just over a month ago, Rod took to his Instagram with the following message:
“I’m 52 today (February 6th) …Behold Bitches (sorry! I’m happy to still be alive!)”
We’re sending light and love to all those who knew Rod during this difficult time.
[Image via Instagram.]