Henry James Foots (1958 - 2013)



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Featured on "My 600-Pound Life" Season 1 on TLC, Henry had a near-death experience after his second skin removal surgery. After, he said "I saw a white light. It was just like having an out of body experience. There was the light to take me to Heaven [but] I wasn't ready for it, because there's so much here on earth I haven't did yet."

At age 47, he weighed 750 lbs and decided to lose weight for his high school reunion. Opting for gastric bypass surger, Henry lost 475 lbs in total and also had surgeries to remove excess skin.

On August 21 2011, he married "Kirk" (Walker) Foots.

On November 29, 2012, Henry suffered an unspecified "medical incident" that caused him to pass out while driving a shuttle bus. The resulting accident caused the bus to hit an SUV and then run into a woman standing on the corner. She died from her injuries. The 11 passengers on the bus were injured but none of the injuries were life-threatening. The shuttle bus was providing transportation for the Texas Medical Center. Henry recovered.

He died on May 16, 2013. His death was unrelated to the shuttle bus accident.

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Harris County, TX


Houston, Harris County, TX

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at Brookside Cemetery,
Houston, TX United States of America


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Harris County, TX

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Mother: Addie Virginia Foots

Wife: Lycurgus "Kirk" (Walker) Foots


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1958 - In the year that Henry James Foots was born, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

1960 - Henry was just 2 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

1968 - When he was just 10 years old, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

1979 - He was 21 years old when on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

1983 - Henry was 25 years old when physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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Henry James Foots passed away on May 16, 2013 in Houston, TX at age 55. No cause of death has been listed. He was buried in Brookside Cemetery, Houston, TX , United States of America. He was born in 1958 in TX. He was born to Addie Virginia Foots, and we currently have no other siblings in his family tree. Henry married Lycurgus Walker on August 21, 2011 and Henry died on May 16, 2013. We know that Henry James Foots had been residing in Harris County, TX.


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Although Henry died in 2013, he continues to be a real inspiration to people who have seen his story on "My 600 Pound Life" on TLC.
Dec 07, 2016 · Reply
I just watched this episode yesterday and it's sad that Henry has passed away but he is an inspiration to all my heart goes out to his family to this day I have no idea yet passed years ago but I cried watching him and laugh watching him cuz he was so fun in a good way God bless his family
Jan 03, 2017 · Reply
God bless this special man and all his family. Your story touches my heart and your family is in my prayers. Kirk, your Mother and all your family...I wish many blessings. May you rest in peace. Thank you for sharing your story with us all. God bless
Feb 15, 2017 · Reply
I just saw Henrys story tonight and was truly shocked when it said in loving memory at the end of the show He was such a great person with a great heart and personality, I was so happy when he and Kirk got married and wished them a long and happy prosperous life together, I am so sorry to the foot family but he is looking down and taking care of you from above god bless you Gwendolyn Parker
Mar 23, 2017 · Reply
I felt the same exact way when I first saw the episode about him. I was really touched by Henry's story. The family never did say what he died of. Although I know he was a bus driver who got into a crash just a few months before his death. I recently read that Henry Foots is the only person from the My 600-lb Life show that has passed.
Mar 23, 2017 · Reply
Me and my daughter just finished watching and was shocked to know Big Henry as I called him while watching passed. May GOD bless his soul and comfort his family. It was only an hour show but Henry's light shinned bright. So sad to hear this. Rest on Big Henry...hope you and your dad are fishing.
Jan 28 · Reply
I didn't know Henry, but he seems to be a good man and I'm so sorry for his loss. He worked so hard, and I saw he had a good heart. God keep him and rest his soul.
Mar 12 · Reply

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