Atkins himself, died grossly overweight and was developing diabetes due to his daily diet
Neither claim is accurate.
Atkins died WITH heart disease, not OF heart disease. He contracted a heart disorder as a result of a viral infection - not diet related - many years earlier. This was common knowledge and something he himself spoke about quite freely for many years before his death.
Atkins died as a result of complications arising after falling into a coma after hitting his head in a fall.
At the time of that accident, Atkins entered the hospital at the start of his coma weighing 200 lbs - for a tall man, that was within a normal weight range, though maybe slightly above optimum.
During his coma while in the hospital, complications arising from the coma saw progressive organ failure, resulting in significant fluid retention. It was that fluid retention that was responsible for the 37 lb weight increase while in the coma (and obviously not adhering to his own diet plan while in a coma).
Even so, the critics arguing that he died "morbidly obese" just isn't true. For a tall man, not even 237 lb can be called morbidly obese. (Overweight, yes - for the fluid retention reasons just discussed.)
Plus the best thing is i have lost over 14lbs (A Stone) in 5 Weeks... and i'm eating better food, in greater quantities than every before, so no useless hunger on so called " Good For You low calorie" diets, i am 38 and feel 18.....don't knock if you ain't tried it.