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Beloved ‘Weight Loss’ Star Dies At 52, Just Two Years After Losing 180 lbs On Show

Extreme Weight Loss star dies aged 52 – just two years after losing 180 lbs on the ABC show

A much beloved contestant on the popular reality show Extreme Weight Loss died over the weekend.

Rod Durham, 52, was found by housekeepers at his hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where the high school English teacher had been spending his spring break.

Durham’s cause of death is believed to be diabetic shock.


He became an inspiration for millions back in 2014 when he lost an impressive 180 pounds thanks to diet and exercise while competing on the Extreme Weight Loss show.



‘He was the perfect example of a teacher where you can’t describe their impact on students by test scores,’ said Leon High School principal Billy Epting in an interview with the school newspaper, The Leon High Life.

‘He had a personality and a character that was more than teaching drama or English in the classroom. Students could have a personal and professional relationship with him about life and being a good person.’

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