Tammy Slaton’s Husband Caleb Willingham’s Cause Of Death Confirmed

Tammy Slaton's husband Caleb Willingham's cause of death has been confirmed. Find out more information here...
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Caleb Willingham’s cause of death has been confirmed.

1000-lb Sisters star Tammy Slaton’s husband, Caleb Willingham, died last year aged 40.

After meeting at an Ohio rehabilitation centre, Slaton and Willingham quickly fell in love and made their relationship official through marriage.

The pair were married for five months before confirming their separation.

Last year, Willingham’s untimely passing was announced.

And now, authorities have confirmed Willingham’s cause of death.

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Willingham’s younger brother took to Facebook in July 2023 to share the heartbreaking news of his passing.

“I can’t believe I’m even making this post, but today GOD called my big brother home,” he wrote.

“RIP Caleb Willingham aka Killla K aka Double K aka one-half of the dynamic WWF tag team champions The W Boys aka my biggest supporter in anything I do.

“You will be forever loved and missed. Until we meet again.”

In her own tribute, Slaton shared her heartbroken sentiment.

She 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 Slaton and Caleb Willingham
Tammy Slaton’s husband, Caleb Willingham, died last year aged 40. Credit: @queentammy86/Instagram

In a follow-up post on Instagram, she wrote: “RIP sweet angel you will forever be missed and loved so much thank you Caleb for showing me real love and happiness.”

In response, a fan said: “This one hits too close to home man, my heart can’t believe what I’m reading y’all don’t even know.”

Another added: “Oh no, I’m so sorry! This makes me so sad. Caleb was one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known. I’m so glad he and I crossed paths many years ago.”

While a third commented: “Omg. Prayers to you, Tammy, and all his friends and family.”

In a TikTok video posted on July 2, two days after her husband died, Slaton said: “I hate getting on here and letting everybody see me like this.

“I’m having stages of grief. Yeah, we were having problems, but I loved that man. I still do.”

She continued: “I miss him like crazy, but I wanted to thank everybody for your comments. I appreciate them, I really do. We’re not going to get into details of what happened. I think that, no offence, but that’s really personal.”

Tammy Slaton
Tammy Slaton was left heartbroken after her husband’s passing. Credit: @tammyslaton2020/TikTok

Following the tragic announcement, details slowly came forth about Willingham’s passing.

Per information acquired by Radar Online from the Gibsonburg Police Department, law enforcement and medical personnel rushed to the Windsor Lane facility upon receiving a report of an individual in an unresponsive state.

A law enforcement officer who arrived at the scene reportedly maintained vigilance outside the individual’s room until the arrival of a forensic investigator.

Efforts to reach Willingham’s doctor, potentially holding vital information regarding any underlying health conditions, proved futile for the responders.

Despite administering life-saving procedures, unfortunately, the TLC personality was declared deceased as their efforts did not yield success.

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“The death was then turned over to the Sandusky County Coroner Office due to the EMS Captain being unable to make contact with the patient’s personal physician,” the police report stated.

“This Officer was advised that [a forensic] investigator would be responding. The officer remained at the door of the room to ensure the scene was secure until [the] investigator arrived.”

The police report also stated: “Medical staff were on-scene with the patient when he became unresponsive.

“During this Officer’s involvement with the incident, there were no indications of any criminal activity. This death investigation is concluded by this department.”

Willingham’s official cause of death has now been confirmed.

Tammy Slaton and Caleb Willingham
Authorities have now confirmed Caleb Willingham’s cause of death. Credit: @queentammy86/Instagram

According to the case summary from the Lucas County Coroner’s Office obtained by Radar Online, the manner of Willingham’s death was natural.

He reportedly exhibited a significantly enlarged heart with expanded cardiomyocytes (cells that make up the cardiac muscle) accompanied by irregular interstitial fibrosis (scarring of the lungs).

Additionally, Willingham presented heavy mucus accumulation in both bronchi, along with mechanical lung compression resulting in collapse on the left side and partial inflation on the right. Furthermore, he displayed a notably enlarged fatty liver.

The conclusive forensic toxicology report revealed the presence of Hydrocodone in Willingham’s system, a semi-synthetic opioid commonly employed for pain relief and cough suppression.

Radar Online shared that Willingham was sadly found unresponsive at the rehab centre when he died.

Paramedics made desperate attempts to save his life but were unsuccessful.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

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