Whitney Way Thore’s Mom ‘Babs’ Has Passed Away

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TLC star Whitney Way Thore reported that her mother Babs has died. Babs had been dealing with the effects of her stroke for a while now.

Since Whitney Way Thore made her first appearance on TLC, fans immediately fell in love with her mother, Babs. The family matriarch made My Big Fat Fabulous Life fun to watch for so many viewers.

Keep reading to see the heart-wrenching update Whitney shared with her followers.

Whitney Way Thore and her family say goodbye to Babs

Saying goodbye is never easy, but it seems like the Thore family has been prepared for this moment for a while.

“Rest In Peace, Sweet Mommy. June 22, 1946—December 7, 2022,” Whitney began her touching social media tribute to her late mother. “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.”

She went on to explain a bit more about her mother’s health issues, which ultimately caused her death. Although the family knew that Babs’ health would continue to deteriorate, they continued to love her and take care of her to the best of their abilities.

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My Big Fat Fabulous Life/TLC

“My mother is our family’s greatest gift. We could never love, revere, or value another person more,” Whitney continued. “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. I am the luckiest person on the planet to have been hers for almost 39 years.”

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Whitney Way Thore & Babs/Instagram

Babs’ passing will definitely shape the future of MBFFL. Fans know it just won’t be the same without her.

Fans leave their condolences for the family during their time of need

Right away, fans flooded the comments to leave their condolences for the Thore family. During Babs’ stay in an assisted living facility, Whitney shared progress updates with followers. The posts were always so positive and many were hoping Babs would continue to improve. Whitney even encouraged fans to send cards to her mother at one point.

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 🙏🏼” one follower wrote. 

This breaks my heart. 😢 We love you so much Babs!! My love is with you Whitney and Glen and Hunter. Her memory will forever be lasting in so many peoples hearts. ❤️” another added. 

Rest in peace, Babs.

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  1. To Whitney and her entire family my heart truly aches for all of you.
    My deepest condolesences to you and your family.
    Babs, as her fans called her will live forever with the Angels and be with you and your family always.
    RIP Babs.

  2. Whitney was very blessed to have Babs. I felt like the moon and stars went out of the sky when my mother died. Still miss her wisdom and humor. As well and singing and yes, preaching.

  3. Whitney, your mother was the sweetest and was very funny. I loved watching her on your show. Prayers to you,Glen and Hunter.

  4. Very sorry for your loss. I loved watching your mom. She was a hot ticket. May she Rest In Peace. Please take extra care of your dad. He will be lost without her.

  5. So very sorry on the passing of your Mom Whitney. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May she forever rest in peace. God bless you ,your Brother and your sweet Dad. May you all find comfort in the days ahead. 🙏🙏🙏

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. I am heartbroken right now. Whitney I have been watching y’all ever since your very first episode. I love your show. Babs was a beautiful person.

  7. So.. Sorry to hear about your Lovely Mom ! My heart aches for all of you!
    she will forever be remembered this Sassy mom who made you laugh!
    Bless her and you and family ! Much Love!

  8. so very sorry to hear of her passing. she was your rock. She was a wonderful, genuine lady.
    may she rest in peace.

  9. Omg , lm so sorry to hear this Whitney. She was such a beaut and an inspiration! God bless you 🙏 ❤️ My sincere sympathies to you and your family

  10. I and a multitude of fans loved our Bab”s.with the love, strength and humor,she had!! she will never be forgotten! love you Bab’s❤️

  11. My condolences to the Thore family. Babs was such apleasure to watch. She brightened my Tuesday nights. You will be greatly missed Babs, fly high with the angels…..RIP.

  12. Whitney so so sorry to hear about your mom loved watching her on your show… sad state of affairs she was great mom…
    will always miss her… take care of your dad and yourself…..

  13. Sorry for you loss. Really liked your mom. She was really sweet and will miss her. Prayers for your family.

  14. Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother I love the relationships you have with your mom it’s was nothing but Love l’m praying for you and your entire family RIP.Bae

  15. Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother I love the relationships you have with your mom it’s was nothing but Love l’m praying for you and your entire family RIP.Babs

  16. my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I Loved watching Babs and Glen and you and Hunter. yoy could just feel the love you all had for each other. my heart is broken 💔 for you all. RIP Babs..

  17. Whitney, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers 🙏 go out to you and your family. I lost my mom 3 1/2 years ago, so I know the pain you are feeling. I just want you to know that you are not alone, your mom will always be with you and she will let you know she is ok. Watch for the signs. God Bless 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  18. 💕GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BROTHER AND DAD! I lost my dad when I was 18 and I’m 57 now and still miss and talk to him daily! My love and prayers are being sent to you and your family and friends!
    🤍She’s in the arms of the Angels 😇

  19. Such a shock, Babs seemed to be recovering well from her stroke. Condolences going out to her family and all who loved her.

  20. So sorry for your loss. Babs was so loved by so many. You and she were adorable together. You were lucky to have such a close relationship and family and friends. Great memories

  21. have watched the show since first episode—-love your family & friends but your MOM had a special
    place on the shows. so sorry for her loss. you have beautiful memories of her. stay strong—as BABS
    did in every situation.

  22. So sorry for the loss of Bab’s she will be missed by all who knew her and the many fans that watched your program. Prayers for you Whitney and family.

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