Team Larry: Man Who Inspired A Nation To Lose Weight Dies At 40

team larry-coverLarry, a Missouri man whose weight loss story inspired millions to get healthy has passed away. With the help of his two friends, Larry Evans went from weighing 823 pounds to an astonishing 587 pounds over a two-year-period. He documented his weight loss with his friends on a very popular facebook page called, “Team Larry.”

Avoiding gimmicks, surgeries or diets, Larry dropped his weight the old-fashioned way: exercising and changing his diet. Because of the pictures and videos he posted documenting his weight loss journey, the page became extremely popular. One of his Facebook videos had more than 27,837,900 views!

Family and friends confirmed Evans had been battling pneumonia and believe that may be the cause of death.

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Fans from all over the world have flocked to the Facebook page to show their condolences:

A personal trainer Denise posted:

“My heart is BROKEN..I loved this man and he motivated me as a fitness trainer. His tenacity and zest for life, to become healthy, was unbelievable. What an inspiration, this news is so sad. RIP my sweet friend and prayers go out to his loved ones.”

A loyal fan, Cody posted:

“RIP brother. Everytime I go to the gym wearing my Team Larry shirt, I will say a prayer.”

Twronda from Illinois posted:

“Wow so sad my prayers is with the whole Evans family Larry has inspired me n my husband to keep pushing no matter what obstacles lie ahead of us.”

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The family issued an official statement to all of Larry’s followers:

“Through all of the challenges, he was determined to not give up. Larry is in heaven now, with the same mission. He is…