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‘My 600lb Life’ star Sean Milliken who weighed more than 900lbs at his heaviest and was terrified he wouldn’t live to see 30, dies aged 29 after complications from an infection
- Sean Milliken, 29, passed away at a hospital in Texas on Sunday
- He was having trouble breathing due to an infection, his father said on Facebook
- Medics were able to resuscitate him but his heart stopped a short time later
- Milliken weighed 900lbs when he appeared on TLC’s My 600lb Life in 2016
- He struggled with his weight since childhood things spiraled out of control after his parents divorced and he turned to food for comfort
Sean Milliken, who starred on the TLC reality drama My 600lb Life, has died at age 29.
Milliken’s father Matt announced in a Facebook post that his son passed away on Sunday at a Texas hospital after suffering complications from an infection, TMZ reported Tuesday.
‘Sunday he was having problems with his breathing, they were able to resuscitate him and a short time later his heart stopped,’ Matt Milliken wrote, adding his son was a ‘good man’ with a ‘good heart.’
Sean Milliken struggled with his weight since childhood, and said things spiraled out of control after his parents divorced and he turned to food for comfort.
He weighed at least 400lbs when he became bedridden after suffering a debilitating leg injury during his senior year of high school.
Milliken was featured on one episode of My 600-lb Life in 2016 when his weight reached as high as 900lbs and he was unable to stand for more than 30 seconds.
It is not clear how much weight he lost after the show.
In an interview with People that year, Milliken said he was planning to move to Houston to see if he’d qualify for weight loss surgery because he knew he couldn’t live past 30 if he remained that size. It’s unclear if he ever went under the knife.
Milliken gave a glimpse into his grim reality on the March 16, 2016 episode of My 600lb Life filmed at his home in Cameron Park, California.
‘Every day I wake up I have to face the reality of what my life has become. I am so big now; I can hardly move,’ he said on the show. ‘All I can do on my own is skooch to the end of my bed, go to the bathroom and see if my mom is awake.’
He could be seen using a bar hanging from his ceiling to sit up before wiggling down to the end of the bed, where he would crouch to urinate in a blue bucket because it was too painful to stand.
‘I can get up, but I can only walk a few steps, so I just stay here in this bed no matter what,’ he explained. ‘I can’t do anything for myself anymore.’
His mother Renee, who died in 2017 from kidney-related issues, described how her son had to be ‘taken care of from head to toe’.
‘Sean has gotten so big, I can’t handle cleaning him on my own anymore, and it is really important that he stays clean because he gets open sores really easily,’ Renee explains.
‘When you are very, very fat, your body goes this way but the fat goes another way, and so what happens is you start getting tears in your skin from that.’
Milliken became emotional as he expressed his fears that he wouldn’t live past 30 if he didn’t get his weight under control.
‘I am a prisoner,’ he said. ‘All I want is out, and I never really thought my life would end up like this.’
Milliken gave a glimpse into his grim reality on the March 16, 2016 episode of My 600lb Life filmed at his home in Cameron Park, California