‘My 600 lb Life’ star LB Bonner dead at 31, according to reports
The cause of Bonner's death is not clear yet, but friends beieve he took his own life, despite having been happy and progressing with his weight loss plans.
In tragic news, another My 600-LB Life cast-member -- L.B. Bonner -- has passed away at the young age of 31. While the cause of death hasn't been revealed, a family member confirmed the news to Radar Online, saying: “He did pass away." On Thursday, August 2, police responded to Bonner's South Carolina home at 7:45 am, according to the Lexington Police Department.
Bonner was one of the most successful participants of the weight-loss show, after having shown tremendous results in his journey towards a healthier life. Bonner lost a leg in a car accident back in 2013, which led to his dependence on food and alcohol, leading to rampant weight gain over the years.
His weight peaked at 650 pounds, and ever since he got on the show, he dieted and exercised rigorously, even after undergoing band surgery. He maintained his sobriety throughout and had managed to drop his weight into the 200-pound zone before his sudden passing.
A friend spoke with Radar Online, stating: “He passed away. I’m not sure how, but from looking at his profile what people were saying he took his own life.”
Another friend of Bonner, Shaylee Gantt, told the same publication: “Haven’t heard exactly what happened, but I keep seeing people say something about depression is real. And I know his dad has been sick recently also. My husband has known him since he was a little boy. This is so sad and so unexpected. I thought he was doing really well with his new job and girlfriend. Not to mention his weight loss and upcoming surgery.”
Gantt expressed her shock over the tragic situation, continuing: “He was doing so good. I knew him before the weight loss and he still was a happy funny person.”
As of now, condolence messages are filling Bonner's Facebook page, with people sharing their views on depression and also paying tribute to the man.
“You never know what someone is going through,” a friend of his wrote. “Depression is real and takes on many forms. Please tell the people in your life how much you love them, how proud you are of them, and that you are there to help even if it’s just to listen. R.I.P. L.B. Bonner. The community of Galveston will never be the same.”
Another one commented: “So heartbroken to hear about L.B. Bonner this morning. you will be missed by so many. I hate that you felt this was your only option. Mental health is such a b***hOpens a New Window.. if any of my friends need an ear, I am always here. Please reach out to someone if you are having dark thoughts.”
If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).