Wesley Warren Jr., the inspiring subject of TLC's show Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum, died on Friday at a Las Vegas hospital.
The 49-year-old's cause of death was not released by University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, but he had a history of high blood pressure and asthma. Some believe that heart troubles may have been the issue.
Friend and roommate Joey Hurtado told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “He was in the hospital for five and a half weeks. He had infections that I think were brought on by his diabetes and then he had those heart attacks.”
Warren was known for having a rare condition called scrotal lymphedema, which causes the scrotum to swell and enlarge due to a thickening tissue and excess fluid. He first noticed problems in 2008, and the tissue began to grow at a rate of approximately 3 pounds per month until it reached 132 pounds.
Lacking health insurance, Warren tried to deal with the problem himself for four years. Finally, last April, Dr. Joel Gelman offered to perform the difficult surgery to remove the swollen tissue for free. Warren was estimated to have weighed more than 500 pounds before the surgery, and lost 200 of those pounds in the 13 hours he was in the operating room.
With his newfound freedom, Warren was finally able to take road trips and do things that were difficult for the past four years. Hurtado told the Review-Journal that he didn't believe this surgery had anything to do with Warren's untimely death.
TLC is saddened to hear about the sudden loss of Wesley. He was a lovely man who bravely told his story, and we share our condolences with his family and friends.
If you'd like to know about Warren's life, The Man with the 132-Pound Scrotum will air on TLC Wednesday, March 19 @ 10 PM.
-- Mara Betsch
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