Brandi Mallory, the previous Extreme Weight Loss star who abruptly died at 40 years old earlier this month, was laid to relaxation on Monday, November 20, and one among her associates is now opening up about how the dying impacted her.
Makeup artist Eva Jane spoke to People about Mallory’s dying and the way it’s been laborious on the make-up artist group in Atlanta, the place Mallory labored. But somewhat than being down, Jane tried to recollect her buddy because the optimistic, shining gentle she was.
“I used to be simply so impressed together with her as an individual as a result of she was so optimistic, simply an everlasting optimist,” Jane mentioned. “I don’t need to communicate in clichés, like she lit up the room — however she did. She didn’t complain or discover fault in anybody or something.”
She continued, “She was lively, all the time in search of a method to make the ambiance and atmosphere round her so significantly better and to encourage all people round her. She had a really massive character. She was electrical.”
Mallory was found dead on Thursday, November 9, the morning after she was seen buying meals from a Chipotle in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Surveillance footage confirmed the ex-reality star arriving on the lot round 5:53 PM on November 8 and coming into the restaurant. She then returned to her car however by no means left.
Family and associates gathered on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Atlanta final Monday to say farewell and have fun Mallory’s life and influence on the group. The funeral was streamed dwell on YouTube (watch beneath).
“It was very a lot a celebration of her life,” Jane mentioned of the funeral, including there have been loads of tears but in addition a number of laughs as family and friends shared private tales about Mallory.
“She actually was, ‘What you see is what you get,’” Jane added. “She was pure. With some folks, it’s all about PR and advertising and marketing designed to indicate somebody of their finest gentle, however she was genuinely herself. When somebody like Brandi passes, it actually does make it more durable to know and perceive. You suppose, ‘Why would somebody so wonderful be referred to as to go residence?’”
Fans obtained to know Mallory on a 2014 episode of the ABC actuality collection Extreme Weight Loss, which chronicled her weight reduction journey and noticed her compete in a Half Ironman, which included biking, swimming, and working, in lower than eight hours.
“We knew one another professionally, so it was a privilege to satisfy the family and friends she had touched, and all of the individuals who admired her,” Jane said. “It could be laborious for some folks to imagine she was that real and pure of coronary heart and spirit, however she was.”