RIP. Sean Milliken from the show My 600-lb Life died at 29 years old, In Touch has learned. Radar Online was the first to report the news. On Sunday, February 17, the reality star’s dad, Matt Milliken, revealed what happened to his son in a Facebook post. Watch the video above to see what his father said.
In the message, Matt gushed about his son, calling him a “good man” with a “good heart.”
TLC released a statement once they heard the news of Sean’s passing. “TLC is saddened to share that Sean Milliken has passed away,” they wrote on their website. “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.”
Ashley Boone opened up to the outlet about her friendship with Sean. “He was definitely a loner and kept to himself, but once you knew him he opened up and showed his witty side,” he said. “He was extremely funny, artistic and kind.”
The TLC personality was living in an apartment in Texas by himself before his untimely death. In 2016, Sean weighed 900 lbs and moved to Houston so that he could hopefully qualify for weight loss surgery.
“I’m not 100 percent certain this is the right decision to make,” he said on the show at the time. “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.”
Even though Sean was worried about the risks, his mom, Renee, wanted him to go under the knife. “He needs to experience life,” she said. “That’s what I hope comes out of all this.”
In the episode, Sean explained that the reason for his weight gain was because he had a rough relationship with his father, who used to yell at him.
“It was scary. So, I would eat,” he recalled. “And suddenly I felt a lot better. In that moment, nothing else mattered.”
He continued, “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 started gaining probably 50 lbs. a year, and by the time I was in high school I was over 400 lbs.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sean’s family during this difficult time.