James “L.B.” Bonner, who is best known for appearing on TLC’s My 600-Lb Life, was found dead at the age of 30 on Thursday, August 2, multiple sources have confirmed.
As per the report, a police officer from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department found James dead in a ditch with a gunshot wound by at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The passing of James, who shared his 300-pound weight loss journey in an episode of the TLC show in February, was first confirmed by the network on Friday, August 3.
TLC's statement reads, "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."
The officer was called to James’ South Carolina home by someone concerned for his welfare. The reality star was confirmed dead at the scene nearby to his house.
Captain Adam Myrick says the department is waiting for a coroner’s report to confirm his cause of death, revealing that they are not investigating any suspects.
Prior to his death, James took to Facebook on Thursday to share a now-deleted cryptic message in which he thanked everyone for their support, saying that he needed to “face his demons.”
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.
He further added, "Again, thank y’all so much. Please don’t ever let people you care about not know how you feel…"
Rest In Peace James!