Chocolate chip starfish issues

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Hello everyone. I am new to the hobby, so I got a quick question. I noticed this morning my chocolate chip starfish had this going on on it's underside, and it certainly hasn't looked like that before. Anyone know what this is?

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An 9 hours later it looks like this..... What could have caused this in such a short time period?
 

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Its melting, my best advice is remove it now cause they get really rancid when they melt and die, worse smelling thing in the world and I've nuked a 10 gallon from one melting in there during a harlequin shrimp feeding. It'll also leave behind these white pebbles you may or may not like visually.

Not sure on the cause in this case, could be starving, didn't take a parameter swing well, or fed the wrong foods.

The ones I keep in my sump to cut legs from for harlequin shrimp all seem to be doing well for a few months now, I give them a clam and occasionally leftovers of uneaten food from the other animals. If it got injured on the oral disk it could've gotten infected and spread to the rest of the star. Looks like from the first image that could be the case. Sadly nothing you can do at this point.
 

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An 9 hours later it looks like this..... What could have caused this in such a short time period?
RIP. I lost my chocolate chip last week. (My green spot puffer attacked him at night)
 

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