Barbara Thore was Whitney’s mother

Barbara “Babs” Thore — the supportive matriarch on TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life — died Wednesday, daughter Whitney announced. She was 76.

In an emotional Instagram post, Whitney revealed that her mother had suffered a series of strokes, the last on November 13. Babs was reportedly diagnosed with cerebral amyloid angiopathy — a disorder characterized by a buildup of protein deposits in the blood vessels of the brain — which Whitney said led to her mother’s strokes in 2017, 2021, and again last month.

Babs was born on June 22, 1946 and has two children, Whitney and Hunter, with her longtime husband Glenn. The family stars in My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which follows Whitney’s quest for love and happiness after gaining a lot of weight.

Announcing her death, Whitney recalled her mother’s “Southern charm, her hilarious sense of humor, her well-timed witticisms, her beauty, and her ability to make everyone around her feel comfortable and cared for.”

“What you cannot possibly comprehend is the magnitude of my mother’s love – what you may have seen and felt through a television screen is a tiny fraction which, even when multiplied by a million, does not come close to ‘real life’ . ‘” Whitney wrote.

“So great, how generous and all-encompassing was my mother’s love. I’m the happiest person on the planet to have been hers for almost 39 years,” she continued.

Babs’ health issues were documented in My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The season 10 finale aired in October. It is unclear whether the series will be extended. The Post reached out to TLC for comment. Barbara Thore was Whitney’s mother

Emma Bowman

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