(KMOV.com) – A St. Louis man inspired many around the world to get moving and do something about their health.KMOV.com
40-year-old Larry Evans weighed more than 800 pounds in 2014. He shared his weight loss story while motivating others on social media.
Evans lost more than 225 pounds since 2014.
Friends and family gathered for his wake and shared his legacy.
Evans’ motto was “Get up! Get out! Do something!”
In 2014, Evans bravely began a journey to lose weight. Instead of being shy about shedding weight, he decided to recruit others to join him.
Chris Booth, Evans’ coach and friend said, "We started a Facebook page, that Facebook page got 17,000 likes in 4 hours."
Booth says Evans’ workout videos, messages and motivation on Facebook captured the attention of millions around the world from New Zealand to South Africa, Australia and the Netherlands.
"It doesn't matter what size you are, 100 pounds, 150, 500 pounds, when you turn to social media and see an 800 pound man working out, you are going to be like, what's my excuse," said Booth.
His videos began a movement called Let’s Shrink Obesity. It is a series of online workout videos and classes, podcasts, meal plans and a lot more to help get others physically and emotionally fit at their own pace.
The people who were a part of the movement called themselves “shrinkers.”
Evan’s younger brother Dominic says the response to his brother’s death from complications of pneumonia has been overwhelming.
But Evan’s friends and family want to keep inspiring others as part of his legacy.
"As a little brother, I can only be proud, be proud till I am 80-years-old and see him again," said Dominic.
Family and friends say Evans would want his fellow “shrinkers” to keep working hard every day and make him proud.
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