‘My 600 Pound Life’ L.B. Bonner Dead: 5 Fast Facts

L.B. Bonner

YouTube 'My 600 Pound Life' L.B. Bonner was found dead of an apparent suicide on Friday morning.

On Thursday night, police found the body of ‘My 600 Pound Life’ star L.B Bonner, who was dead in a ditch with a gunshot wound to the head. Police have not yet ruled it to be a suicide, though TMZ reports that they are not looking for any suspects as of yet.

  1. Early Friday afternoon, Angela Bonner posted to Facebook  a seeming confirmation that Bonner’s death was a suicide. She wrote,  “Hi, I’m LB’s sister Angela. It is true, LB has taken his life. We are all shocked at the moment and trying to figure this out. LB was adored by many people and I would like to thank all of you for supporting him through this journey.”

Bonner appeared on last season’s ‘My 600 Pound Life’, losing 316 pounds throughout the duration of the show. Here’s what you need to know.


 1. He Started ‘My 600 Pound Life’ at 642 Pounds

He was 642 pounds. Now, with help from TLC, this SC man is on the journey of a lifetimeWeighing in at double the size of an upright piano, a Lexington man set foot on the journey of a lifetime. L.B. (“Little Buddy”) Bonner has never been little in his life. As we caught up with him at Dynamic Fitness in Lexington, he easily leg-pressed 400 pounds, pushing the weight away like feathers for ten to twelve repetitions at a time. He was working out with friend and trainer, Haas Sims, who he met several years ago working security. “You can do this – one more time,” Sims urges L.B. “Another 5… mind over matter,” he continues to chirp in L.B.’s ear. If you take one look at L.B., it’s safe to say everything about him is “big.” He towers over the average person and consumes a considerable amount of space. He was a football player in high school with a bright future for collegiate athletics. But, seeing him today, you only get half the picture. The story begins long before his promising athletic prowess in high school… it begins before he even took his first steps. “I was adopted as a newborn because after having 3 girls, my parents decided to adopt a boy, and so they got me,” L.B. said. L.B. was a young man who so quickly connected food with a comfort and belonging. He weighed 150 pounds by the time he was just eight years old. But, his weight and his height were an advantage in high school, as he took up the game of football. “I excelled in football in high school, and started to get some attention from schools and stuff,” L.B. said. “I ended up tearing my ACL. Whenever you get a knee injury like that it just kind of hindered everything and I ended up walking away from sports in general and that really did a number on me.” L.B. went to White Knoll High School. He tore his ACL – and shortly after, dropped out entirely, later earning his G.E.D. “Losing any opportunity I had in sports really played a negative impact on me,” L.B. said. “It kind of gave me a loss of an outlet. It really kinda made me turn to things that were negative in my life… drinking. It kind of started my downward spiral that lasted the next few years.” He began abusing alcohol, eating endlessly and making poor decisions. His spiral down wasn’t in every sense, though. His spiral down was also met with a steady climb in his weight. He soon surpassed 400… even 500 pounds. At his lowest point, L.B. weighed the heaviest he had ever been as he started the show, weighing in at 642 pounds. He spent months in Texas filming his episode and transforming physically after getting gastric sleeve surgery, and emotionally through a renewed workout routine. “Doing the show has been an amazing journey not only for me but for my family as well,” he said. “It’s changed my relationship with myself, my relationship with my family, my relationship with my friends, and it’s giving me an outlet to motivate and inspire so many other people.” His friend, Haas Sims, agrees. “I’ve seen this guy at the lowest of the low,” Sims said. “He’s made a believer out of me and a lot of people. He stopped surviving and started living.” We can’t tell you exactly how much weight L.B. has dropped so far because he’s still working with TLC. But, it’s safe to say he’s shedding much more than pounds. The shame and the guilt continue to vanish, too. “It just changes your whole perception of what life is,” L.B. said. He offers advice for anyone else taking on a weight loss journey – big or small. “Keep on keeping on. Baby steps lead to huge results. You know, habits don’t happen overnight. It’s not going to change overnight. You just have to keep on with it.” For a guy who’s done everything big, he’s overcome some massive odds. With his new leg and a new outlook, you get the feeling that those huge results are all but guaranteed. Copyright 2018 WIS. All rights reserved.2018-03-16T17:36:59.000Z

Over the course of his season on ‘My 600 Pound Life,’ Bonner lost over 300 pounds. Of his decision to join the show, Bonner said, “It’s changed my relationship with myself, my relationship to family and friends.”

Bonner explained that he had always been on the larger side, weighing upwards of 150 pounds at eight years old. As the adopted only son of a family with three sisters, Bonner revealed that he felt like he had let his adoptive parents down with his weight problems. “Keep on keeping on,” he said of his weight loss strategy. “Baby steps lead to big results. Ain’t nothing to it but to do it.”


2. He Posted a Cryptic Note to Facebook the Evening Before His Death

On Thursday evening, Bonner posted a message to Facebook. 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.”

He continued, “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.”


3. At the Time of His Death, Bonner Was Reportedly Near 200 Pounds, Having Lost 400 Pounds Since the Show

At the time of Bonner’s death, a friend claimed that Bonner was down to near 200 pounds, having lost over 400 pounds since his stint on ‘My 600 Pound Life.’ That same source told Hollywood Gossip that Bonner was “firmly on the wagon” in the days leading up to his death.


4. He Was Known for Posting Inspirational Quotes to Facebook Every Day

Three days before his death, Bonner posted one of his signature inspirational posts to Facebook. He wrote, “GOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNIN. I hope everyone has a very amazing and blessed day. As I’m getting my day started it hits me how beyond blessed and thankful I am, that I decided to leave my comfort zone a lil over a year ago and embark on this crazy journey to get healthy…Since then I’ve come off several meds, become WAAAAAYYYYYYYY active, have lost well over half my body weight and probably the thing that means the most to me, I got to a point where when my family needed me, I was physically able to step up and run my Dads flooring business.. What I’m getting at is, there is such a HUGE potential for all of us, waiting right outside our comfort zones… So, I’m gonna leave y’all with an amazing quote.. ‘Comfort is the enemy of progress'”

However, some of his posts (like the one the day of his death) revealed that Bonner may have been struggling, as well. In a July 9 post, he wrote, “Got a lot on my mind tonight, and got some things to sort out and decide on.. So I went for a jog, now just trying to unwind with some Otis Redding on Pandora and sitting in the hot tub…Just praying I make the right choices….”


5. He Reportedly Quit Drinking as a Weight Loss & Lifestyle Measure

In ‘My 600 Pound Life,’ Bonner explained that he had gained weight after an ATV accident in 2013, which had led to a leg amputation. Following the accident, Bonner explained that he had taken to eating and drinking as a means to cope with his emotional trauma. However, per his Facebook post and a source to Hollywood Gossip, Bonner had “come off several meds” and was sober in the days leading up to his death.

 

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.