‘My 600-lb Life’ star James Bonner, 30, found dead from gunshot wound
LEXINGTON, S.C. – Authorities say reality television star James “LB” Bonner of “My 600-lb Life” has been found dead at a South Carolina home. He was 30.
A Lexington County Sheriff’s Department incident report states that deputies performing a welfare check found Bonner dead from a gunshot wound Thursday.
It didn’t appear foul play was involved. The sheriff’s department said it wasn’t looking for any suspects but was awaiting an autopsy to say more about how he died.
TLC, the network airing the show, issued a statement mourning Bonner as a spirited character who was a fan favorite. The network said Bonner, who appeared on the show last season, struggled with obesity after losing his right leg in an accident. He had once weighed 650 pounds but dramatically reduced his weight.
“I wouldn’t trade this amazing journey I’m on for anything,” he wrote on Instagram in May.
Another series star, Robert Buchel, died last November when he suffered a heart attack while filming at a hospital in Houston.
Buchel, who was from Forked River, N.J., had lost more than 200 pounds; his top weight was 842 pounds. “To carry all this weight is physically draining, mentally, emotionally taxing,” he said on the show. “It’s not a pain or life I’d wish on anyone because I can’t do anything.”
Each episode of “My 600-lb Life” follows the life of a morbidly obese person as they attempt to lose weight and change their lifestyle under the care of Houston surgeon Younan Nowzaradan. The series debuted in 2012.
Contributing: Chris Jordan, Kim Willis and The Associated Press