WHITNEY Way Thore has shared a heartfelt and emotional post confirming that her mom Barbara Thore died earlier this week.
The TLC star shared a sweet video featuring photos of her and her mom through the years along with a lengthy tribute to her late parent.
My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Way Thore has revealed her mom’s death on InstagramGetty
On Thursday, she wrote on Instagram: “Rest In Peace, Sweet Mommy. June 22, 1946-December 7, 2022.
“My mother died last night just as the credits rolled on her favorite movie. Dad, Hunter, and I held her as she took her last breaths. It was 10:32pm, the same exact time she brought me into this world almost forty years ago.”
Whitney, 38, continued: “My mom had cerebral amyloid angiopathy, which is an untreatable progressive condition caused by proteins in the blood vessels of the brain that can cause dementia, seizures, or like my mom’s case, brain bleeding (hemorrhagic strokes).
“When mom had her first stroke in 2017, we were told of this and we knew that more strokes would eventually be inevitable. Mom’s second stroke was December 28, 2021 and her last was November 13, 2022.”
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Her long tribute continued: “My mother is our family’s greatest gift. We could never love, revere, or value another person more. If you’re reading this, you’re familiar with her magic: Her southern charm, her hilarious sense of humor, her well-timed witty remarks, her beauty, and her ability to make everyone around her feel comfortable and cared for.
“But what you can’t possibly understand is the extent of my mother’s love – what you may have witnessed and felt through a TV screen is a minute fraction that, even if multiplied by a million, wouldn’t come close to ‘real life.’ That’s how enormous, how generous, and how all-encompassing my mother’s love was.”
Whitney concluded: “I am the luckiest person on the planet to have been hers for almost 39 years.
“We want to thank you for loving our mother. She delighted in her newfound television career more than we can describe! It gave her such a sense of purpose and excitement and something to look forward to every time the crew came around. This last year navigating life after her second stroke was, perhaps surprisingly, the best of our lives.”
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“We never had more fun or laughed as much as we did the past year. The support from all of you made her feel so loved and encouraged. We are unbelievably thankful that we’ve been able to share her with you and it is our hope that her memory will continue to be a source of comfort and happiness for the rest of your lives, just as it will be for ours.”
She added: “I love you, Mommy.”
Whitney’s comments were quickly flooded with shows of support.
Buddy Bell wrote: “Love you and y’all and her.”
Another friend wrote: I am so sorry Whitney. So sorry. She was so deeply loved and loved you just as much.”
A third added: “Knowing and having love like y’all’s is something not many people get to feel and I am a grateful person for getting to witness even a little of it in real life. What an enormously wonderful woman she will always be. Sorry doesn’t even start to express my sorrow for all who loved her.”
A fourth comment read: “I am so sorry, Whitney. What a beautiful, sweet, ball of light she was. Sending you all so much love.”
Someone else wrote: “Oh Whitney my heart goes out to you. Your mom captured our hearts. Thank you for sharing her with us and watching such a beautiful mom-and-daughter relationship. Rest in Peace.”