Though he did not last on “The X-Factor” for long, Combs was a fan favorite. He auditioned in Greensboro, N.C., singing Bette Midler’s 1988 song “Wind Beneath My Wings” in front of celebrity judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato. In his audition episode, which aired in 2012, he also shared his experiences with weight loss. In 2009, at 920 pounds, he had been hospitalized and near death. Exercise and a change in diet helped him lose close to 400 pounds by the time he appeared on “The X-Factor,” where he was escorted in a wheelchair by his wife Kay, who was his caretaker up until his death.
“My wife Kay, she’s an incredible woman. She started caring for me right after we were married in ’96, and as my weight rose,