AceShowbiz - "1000-lb Sisters" fans are concerned by how Tammy Slaton will cope with the death of her estranged husband Caleb Willingham. In the wake of the heartbreaking news, fans fear that Caleb's passing will cause the TLC star to relapse.
"I hope the terrible news doesn't trigger a relapse for Tammy," a fan expressed their concern in a Reddit post. Echoing the sentiment, another fan said, "I hope she doesn't spiral. She's doing amazing with her progress. Rip Caleb."
A third fan, meanwhile, noted, "I'm worried about Tammy right now because of this. I know they were in the process of splitting up, but I'm scared this could cause her to relapse. Grief typically does that to a person."
Some others, however, believed that Caleb's passing might be the "wake up call" for Tammy so she would stay on her healthy lifestyle path. "Or be a motivating factor for her to stay the course. People grieve and honor their loved ones in different ways," one suggested. A similar comment read, "This could also be a wake up call to realize that she could also die prematurely. Hoping for healing for her during this time."
On Saturday, July 1, Tammy took to social media to pen a heartfelt tribute to Caleb. "Rip sweet angel you will forever be missed and loved so much thank you Caleb for showing me real love and happiness," she wrote on Instagram before calling him her "best friend." Tammy didn't reveal his cause of death.
She additionally told PEOPLE, "I am devastated to share the news of my husband's passing. He was my best friend and I loved him dearly. When I met Caleb he became my guardian angel and now he really is watching over me. Our families appreciate everyone's sympathy and ask that you respect our privacy at this time."
Tammy and Caleb tied the knot at the end of 2022 after just two weeks of dating. However, she revealed in May that she's "ready to file for divorce" from Caleb whom she met in a weight loss rehabilitation clinic.