Shocking Weight Loss! 'Hell's Kitchen' Chef Drops 455 Pounds After 3 Heart Attacks -- See His Dramatic Change

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Sep. 17 2015, Updated 6:58 a.m. ET

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Hell's Kitchen chef Robert Hesse dropped a whopping 455 pounds after three heart attacks and RadarOnline.com has a gallery where he exclusively reveals his dark past and his struggle to shed the weight.

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Chef Hesse, who appeared on Hell's Kitchen, is a quarter of the man he used to be after losing a whopping 455 pounds – and likely saving his life in the process! Hesse once tipped the scales at 610 pounds, but is now down to a svelte 155, thanks to gastric bypass surgery, healthy eating and exercise.

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Heart problems forced Hesse, 37, to withdraw from Gordon Ramsay's popular Fox reality series in 2009, after appearing on seasons five and six. "When I was younger, I was a heroin addict for 15 years, a thief, and even spent time in jail," the New Yorker told RadarOnline.com exclusively. "I then traded one addiction – drugs – for another: food! Soon I ballooned to the size of a baby whale. By the time I was 34, I had suffered three heart attacks!"

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"My last heart attack, in 2013, happened in front of my then two-year-old son, Ayden. And to top it off, I almost fell on top of him, which could have crushed him!"

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Hesse said he finally realized he needed help, and underwent a life-saving gastric bypass surgery in 2014. "I'm down to 155 pounds and have never felt better," he said. Hesse now works as a corporate executive chef on the East Coast and makes time to exercise at least five days a week.

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"I would love to be on (Hell's Kitchen) one last time, to show Gordon what I'm made of. The last time I was on, he told me to get healthy," Robert explained. "It would be closure for me and all of the people who have been rooting for me."

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