My Big Fat Fabulous Life Star Dies at 76: Barbara Thor was Whitney’s mother

Barbara “Babs” Thore — the supporting matriarch on TLC’s “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” — died Wednesday, her daughter Whitney announced. He was 76 years old.

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

Born on June 22, 1946, Babs shares two children, Whitney and Hunter, with longtime husband Glenn. The family stars in My Big Fat Wonderful Life, about Whitney’s search for love and happiness after gaining a lot of weight.

In announcing her death, Whitney recalled her mother’s “southern charm, her fun sense of humor, her well-timed humor, her beauty, and her ability to make those around her comfortable and caring.”

“What you cannot understand is the extent of my mother’s love – what you have witnessed and felt through the television screen, even if multiplied by a million, does not come close to ‘real life.'” Whitney wrote.

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Barbara “Babs” Thore, born June 22, 1946, was known for her Southern charm.

Barbara and Glenn Thor

She is survived by longtime husband Glenn, with whom she co-starred on TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life.

Whitney Thor and her mother, Babs, hold hands

“My Big Fat Fabulous Life” premiered in 2015.

Barbara Thore wore a button down dress

Thor will be remembered for his sense of humor and well-timed witticisms.

Barbara Thor is in the hospital

His daughter, Whitney, said she had three strokes since 2017.

Barbara Thor smiled

He died on Wednesday at the age of 76.

“How great, generous and all-encompassing was my mother’s love. I am the luckiest person on the planet to have owned it for almost 39 years,” he continued.

Babs’ health struggles are documented in My Big Fat Wonderful Life. The season 10 finale aired in October. It is unknown if the show will be renewed. The Post has contacted TLC for comment.


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