Sean Milliken, My 600-lb Life, Dead at 29
Sean Milliken, a former cast member on the long-running reality show, My 600-Lb. Life died on February 17 due to complications from an infection.
He was 29 years old.
This sad piece of news was confirmed by Sean’s father via an emotional Facebook post.
“Sean was admitted into the hospital a couple days prior, because of an infection,” Matt Milliken wrote, adding in further detail:
“Sunday he was having problems with his breathing, they were able to resuscitate him and a short time later his heart stopped.”
The heartbroken father described his son as a “good man” with a “good heart” in this same message.
According to Radar Online, Milliken was living in Texas in an apartment by himself prior to his death.
His friend, Ashley Boone, told this celebrity gossip site that Sean would be remembered as a “special” guy,” adding:
“He was definitely a loner and kept to himself but once you knew him he opened up and showed his witty side. He was extremely funny, artistic and kind.”
Milliken appeared on one episode of My 600-lb Life back in 2016.
The episode chronicled how he became bedridden during his senior year of high school after he grew to be over 400 pounds and suffered a debilitating leg injury.
At one point, Milliken weighed as much as 900 pounds.
The same year he appeared on this reality program, Milliken told People Magazine he was planning on moving to Houston to see if he could qualify for weight loss surgery.
It’s unclear at the moment whether he ever followed up on this plan or went under the knife for any type of gastric bypass procedure.
“I’m not 100 percent certain this is the right decision to make,” Sean said in a clip from the show, referring to his move.
“I am extremely nervous about this trip. It’s going to take anywhere from 30 to 40 hours to drive there. I’m very worried about that. If I fall, we won’t be near the hospital for people to pick me up.”
Sean also explained during his brief stint in the spotlight that he started his weight gain as a result of his rough relationship with his father.
“It was scary. So I would eat. And suddenly I felt a lot better,” he said. “In that moment, nothing else mattered. … I felt like it was my fault, I felt like my family had fallen apart because of me.
“So I kept going to food to deal with those feelings. I would get out of school and my mom would be at work, so I would just come home and go straight to the fridge. I’d eat everything and anything I could get my hands on. I
“I started gaining probably 50 pounds. a year, and by the time I was in high school I was over 400 pounds.”
Milliken is only the latest former star of My 600-lb Life to pass away.
This isn’t really surprising, considering the health problems of those on whom this series chooses to focus.
In August of 2018, James “L.B.” Bonner committed suicide.
Just a few weeks later, Lisa Fleming also died.
May they all rest in peace.