While most reality shows are about attractive, funny, charming stars, “My 600-Lb Life” brought a new perspective to showbiz as it focused on the lives of individuals suffering from excessive weight gain and their path to a healthier life.
The TLC show debuted in 2012 and soon became a success with several viewers attached to people’s stories but, over the years, some stars have met a tragic end. Here are those stars.
Henry Foots’s story on “My 600-Lb Life” was both inspiring and encouraging as he lost a whopping 440 pounds during his seven-year weight loss journey. But, unfortunately, Foots did not live to enjoy his dreams.
Foots joined the show in its first season, weighing a massive 715 lbs. However, with the help of Dr. Now and an improved diet, Foots was able to experience a healthier life and weighed a stunning 340 lbs.
After gaining his mobility, Foots returned to work as a shuttle bus driver but unfortunately, he was said to have suffered a medical episode and crashed his wheel into the car of another lady who died from her injuries.
A few months later, Foots passed away, but reports have it that his cause of death is unrelated to his weight or the accident.
In 2016, Sean Milliken was one of the participants who wanted a turnaround in their health. But, unfortunately, Sean died a few years later following complications from an infection. He was 29 at the time of his death.
His father, Matt Milliken, shared the news of his passing on Facebook, noting that he was having difficulties breathing, and after several medical attention, he stopped breathing.
— TLC Network (@TLC) February 19, 2019
James King was a popular figure while on the show; he appeared on the show’s season 5 but unfortunately died in April 2020. He was marred by a series of health challenges, including complications with his kidney.
King weighed a life-threatening 800 pounds when he joined the show, and his story was focused on getting him to 600 pounds so he could have life-saving gastric bypass surgery, but until his death, King battled with his weight.
JAMES L.B BONNER
At the age of 30, James L.B Bonner was found dead in his home in 2018. Bonner’s determination to succeed and lose weight quickly saw him become a fan favorite, but his depression soon got the best of him.
The cause of his death was reported to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Prior to his death, Bonner left a goodbye message on his social media, noting he was going to face his demons.
— ExtraTV (@extratv) August 15, 2018
Lisa Fleming dropped about 200 pounds after appearing on TLC’s “My 600-Lb Life,” but sadly, her weight loss journey was cut short after losing her life to an illness that was reportedly unrelated to her weight.
‘My 600-lb Life’ Star Lisa Fleming Dead at 50 https://t.co/ugeBjYKpBq
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 25, 2018
During his first month on the show, Robert Buchel was on a good path of losing some of his excessive 840 pounds and was easily noticed, but all that changed after he was addicted to pain pills. Buchel relapsed in his weight loss journey and died of a heart attack in 2017.
Lisa Fleming, Gina Krasley, Robert Buchel and more former My 600-Lb. Life stars have tragically passed away over the years. 💔https://t.co/Tpe8Hp8PBF
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 6, 2021
For much of her life, Coliesa McMillian suffered health challenges and obesity. By the time she was 39, she had a heart attack. Joining the TLC weight loss show looked like a way out for her, but unfortunately, she died at age 41 following complications from surgery.
My 600-Lb. Life’s Coliesa McMillian Dies Months After Family Said She Suffered Surgical Complications https://t.co/kAqxyHMeyS
— People (@people) September 24, 2020
GINA MARIE KRASLEY
TV personality Gina Krasley struggled with her weight for most of her life, but sadly she died at age 30. She made her debut on the TLC show in 2020 and revealed how she turned to food to cope with her many challenges. Unfortunately, the cause of her death was not stated in her obituary.
Reene Biran was a cast member of season 6 of the show, but sadly she passed away at the age of 56. Her cause of death was not listed on her obituary, but some speculated that her death had something to do with her diagnosis of Guillain-Barré Syndrome.