05/23/2013 08:22 am ET

'900 Pound Man: The Race Against Time': Ricky Naputi Dies Before He Can Get Surgery (VIDEO)

TLC followed Ricky Naputi for years for their special, "900 Pound Man: The Race Against Time." Naputi lived in Guam and had not been out of his apartment in years because of his weight. It was estimated he consumed about 10,000 calories a day and had grown in size to 900 pounds at one point.

He was cared for by his wife, Cheryl, who was loyally by his side through everything. She dealt with struggles, like not being able to consummate their marriage, but loved her husband.

He'd been told to lose weight before he could undergo a surgery that could potentially save his life. Unfortunately, Naputi didn't make it to that. His wife was by his side and she was the one who found him and made the 9-1-1 call, which was played on the special.

"He was OK. I don’t know what happened," she told the operator. "I was just laying here.”

Paramedics quickly arrived and tried to revive Naputi, working for an hour, but it was too late. The official cause of death was morbid obesity. Ricky Naputi was 39 years old when he died.

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