Whitney Thore and her mom Babs struggled with some very sad news on My Big Fat Fabulous Life last night —the death of pet pig Mr. Pigglesworth.
The pot-bellied pig was a fan favorite after featuring regularly on the show, but passed away following a bacterial infection.
Viewers had known Whitney and her mom were going to receive some bad new after previews of this week’s episode showed Whitney crying following a conversation with Babs on the phone. Some had previously speculated that it was Mr. Pigglesworth who died.
Babs bought the pet pig when he was a baby, but he had recently been living on a farm after Babs was convinced to give him away. He was just two when he died.
Whitney put up a string of emotional posts on her Instagram after the tragic news was revealed on last night’s episode, including one message saying “RIP, sweet piggy” .
Fans also rushed to pay tribute to Mr. Pigglesworth in comments on Whitney’s posts. One said: “I’m so sorry for your loss. He was always my fav piggy ever ❤️❤️❤️❤️ prayers to you and your fam ??.” Another added: “You gave him the greatest life and totally did the right thing letting him live on the farm – I think he kept escaping from the yard for a reason – it’s truly Gods plan. I am so so sorry for your loss. ?❤️.”
Others posted emotional messages about Mr. Pigglesworth’s passing on Twitter.
— Bess James (@norris_bess) March 14, 2018
Poor piggy ? glad I’m a vegetarian #MyBigFatFabLife
— Cathi I ? (@Cathi_I) March 14, 2018
— Amelia Appels (@AmeliaAppels) March 14, 2018
#MyBigFatFabLife Oh nooo! I’m so sad for that little pig. It was heartbreaking enough when they had to take him away
— donacat (@megalodonna) March 14, 2018
#MyBigFatFabLife Not the PIG ?????
— T. (@spamie623) March 14, 2018
RIP Mr. Pigglesworth!
My Big Fat Fabulous Life airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on TLC.