Combs’ wife, Kay Combs, told TMZ that the singer died at a Florida hospital on Friday, Sept. 10, after suffering from kidney failure. Kay added that her husband was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.
Combs appeared as a contestant during the second season of Fox’s “The X Factor” in 2012. He auditioned with a soaring rendition of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which earned him four yes votes from celebrity judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
In his audition episode, he shared his struggles with weight loss, explaining that in 2009, he had weighed 920 pounds and was close to death. Cowell and Reid vowed to support Combs, who was in a wheelchair at the time of his audition,