‘My 600-lb Life’: TLC Responds to the Death of Sean Milliken

Sean Milliken, who appeared on TLC’s My 600-lb Life in 2016, has died. He was 29 years old.

Milliken’s father announced in a Facebook message on Tuesday that his son had passed away, TMZ reported. Matt Milliken explained that his son developed an infection and died from complications while in the hospital. 

“Sunday he was having problems with his breathing, they were able to resuscitate him and a short time later his heart stopped,” Milliken’s father wrote.

Milliken’s friend Ashley Boone told Radar that he was a “special guy.”

“He was definitely a loner and kept to himself but once you knew him he opened up and showed his witty side,” she said. “He was extremely funny, artistic and kind.”

My 600-lb Life documented Milliken’s weight-loss efforts

Tonight on My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now

After depending on his mother for so many years, Sean now has to learn how to depend on himself. Watch his weight-loss journey continue on a new #My600lbLife: Where Are They Now tonight at 8/7c.

Posted by TLC on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sean Milliken first appeared on Season 4 of My 600-lb Life, when he was bedridden and weighed more than 900 pounds. On the show, he explained that he began to overeat as a child as a way to cope with a difficult relationship with his father. After working with Dr. Nowzaradan, Milliken was able to lose 400 pounds.

In a follow-up episode that aired in the summer of 2018, Milliken revealed that his mother had died in 2017 and that he was struggling to cope with the loss.

“A couple of months ago my mom went to the hospital because she wasn’t feeling well, and she just kept getting worse,” Milliken said in the episode. “They said she had renal failure, and she didn’t make it. She passed away a couple weeks ago and I’m devastated, and I don’t know what to do now because my mom was everything to me.”

How TLC responded to Milliken’s death

A view of signage during 2018 TLC’s Give A Little Awards on September 20, 2018, at Park Hyatt in New York City. | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for TLC

In a statement, TLC said they were “saddened” to learn of Milliken’s passing.

“Viewers first met Sean in 2016 on My 600-lb Life when he weighed over 900 lbs. Over the course of his weight loss journey, he victoriously lost over 400 lbs. TLC viewers caught up with Sean this past summer and learned that despite the loss of his mother, he was still continuing in his quest to live a healthier and happier life. TLC expresses its deepest sympathies to Sean’s friends and family at this difficult time.”

On TLC’s Facebook post announcing Milliken’s death, fans of the show also shared their condolences, with many writing that they were touched by his journey and the obstacles he faced.  

This isn’t the first My 600-lb Life death

Sadly, Milliken is not the first person from My 600-lb Life to pass away.

In August 2018, Lisa Fleming died at age 50. Earlier that same month, James L.B. Bonner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 30 years old.

In November 2017, Robert Buchel died while filming the show. In addition to his struggles with weight, Buchel also developed an addiction to painkillers and eventually suffered a heart attack. His episode aired in February 2018.

During Season 1, Henry Foots lost 275 pounds. Sadly, he passed away about 18 months after his appearance on the show.

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