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My 600-lb Life star James 'LB' Bonner has died, aged 30

Star of TLC’s My 600-lb Life, James “LB” Bonner has died at the age of 30.

The network confirmed the sad news in a statement yesterday (August 3) where they said that they were “honored” to have shared his inspirational story on the programme, which first began airing in 2012.

The statement read: “James ‘LB’ Bonner, who appeared on this past season of My 600-lb Life, has sadly passed away. On the show, viewers saw LB struggle with obesity following a tragic accident that claimed his right leg. Even though he once weighed 650 pounds, LB’s hard work and dedication helped get him in the 200-pound range. He was an inspiration to many.

“His spirit and determination as displayed through his story, quickly made LB a fan-favorite, and family & friends have taken to LB’s Facebook page to commemorate his life.

“TLC was deeply saddened to hear of LB’s passing and is honored to have shared his honest and courageous story on My 600-lb Life.”

According to People, Bonner shared a cryptic message on his Facebook page on Thursday (August 2) before he was found dead.

He wrote: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shown me love and support throughout my journey…I’ve realized a few things over the last few days and its time that, I face my demons head on.

“No matter what you change or the efforts you put forth in life, sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and deal with things your own way… Again, thank y’all so much… Please don’t ever let people you care about not know how you feel.”

Each episode of My 600-lb Life showcases the stories of obese individuals and how they handle their weight loss over a period of a year. During his appearance on the show, Bonner lost 316 pounds.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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