Freddie Combs – the minister who became a fan favorite in the second season of “The X Factor” thanks to his heavenly voice- is dead … TMZ has learned.
According to his wife Kay … Freddie died last Friday surrounded by friends and family at a Florida hospital. She tells us that his death was not Covid-related, but the result of kidney failure.
Kay says Freddie has been working diligently on his weight loss for the past 11 years – he had weighed over 900 lbs and came all the way down to 385 lbs. – and she’s very proud of him. Unfortunately, she says she knew he would pass the day before he did, adding … “I have so much gratitude for being his wife for 25 years and for being his best friend.”
You may remember … Freddie thrilled the judges and audience during his ‘X Factor’ audition in season 2 of the American series, as 540-lb. minister belted a beautiful rendition of “Wind Under My Wings”.
Simon Cowell and LA Reid promised to back him up if he promised to get well, lose weight and get out of the wheelchair … and Freddie promised to do so.
Although he was eliminated shortly after, his story inspired many people because he had already lost more than 400 kg. since 2009 … when he topped 920 lbs.
Freddie and Kay, who are also struggling with weight issues, were also featured on a 2010 TLC special called “Ton of Love”.