My 600-lb Life Stories That Ended In Tragedy


There are plenty of reality shows that document
weight loss, but My 600-lb Life stands out as it focuses on the lives of real people. Unfortunately, that means viewers get an intimate
glimpse into the sometimes tragic outcomes, along with the successes. Here are the My 600-lb Life stories that didn’t
end well. Dr. Now may seem like an unlikely reality
TV star. However, he’s the only person who appears
in every episode of My 600-lb Life, and his skills in the operating room are the reason
why. The veteran surgeon isn’t known for his small
talk, but he clearly lets his patients know what they’re facing, without diminishing their
humanity. Oftentimes, Dr. Now offers his patients a
reality check on the conditions related to obesity. According to a journal published by the National
Center for Biotechnology Information, complications can include high blood pressure, type II diabetes,
sleep apnea, stroke, heart disease, depression, cancer, arthritis, and gout. “Now that you have the surgery, the physical
drive to eat is gone. So you have to deal with what is driving you
to eat.” Many patients on the show successfully lose
weight after therapy, diet modifications, increased exercise, and weight loss surgery. But, sadly, some of the show’s stars can’t
make the lifestyle changes, or pass away due to the stress on their bodies. Robert’s situation was dire from the outset. It didn’t take long for Dr. Now to discover
that Robert not only weighed nearly 850 pounds, but that he also had an addiction to painkillers. “I hate that this is our life. And that this is Rob’s life.” “Good call on the wings. Love the wings.” “But nothing stops him from eating.” After a rocky start, Robert was able to finally
get some control over his compulsive overeating. The New Jersey resident had a lot of love
on his side, including that of his mother and his fiance, Kathryn. With that support and a whole lot of work,
Robert managed to lose a significant amount of weight under Dr. Now’s care, almost 350
pounds, including the surgical removal of a lymphedema mass. Unfortunately, the surgery left Robert depressed
and longing for painkillers again. He even tore his own stitches hoping to get
more of them. Tragically, Robert passed away from a heart
attack in November 2017, at 41, while the show was still filming. Dr. Now was not shy about expressing his frustration
at the medical system for its complicity in Robert’s addiction, which ultimately did him in. He also hailed him for being a fighter. “He knew that he was running against the clock. And his body gave up. But he never did gave up.” Few of the stars of My 600-lb Life are more
notorious than the Assanti brothers, Steven in particular. “Steven Assanti suffers from severe psychological
issues, so he’s going to be a unique case.” The pair may be bound by blood, but Steven’s
antics ensured that he and Justin were not brotherly to one another. For one, he pretended to be following Dr.
Now’s strict diet during the show, but was secretly binge-eating. Additionally, he would manipulate and bully
anyone, including his father, to get what he wanted. He also continued abusing painkillers, including
stealing Justin’s while he was healing from his gastric bypass. “He’s a big bully that just me all
day.” Because of Steven’s continued and repeated harsh behavior toward his brother, which started in childhood, according to Justin’s
Reddit AMA, Justin ended up quitting Dr. Now’s program, in spite of both his father’s and
the doctor’s best efforts. He also accused the show of blackmailing him
in a now-deleted Reddit post. As of mid 2019, he lives in Rhode Island. It appears that Steven is out of the program
too, and is now living in Iowa with his new wife, according to Starcasm. Sean Milliken seemed like he was moving in
the right direction after a rocky start on his weight loss journey. After initially weighing in at nearly 900
pounds, Sean was finally able to turn things around and get weight loss surgery. That, in turn, helped him drop hundreds of
pounds and regain his ability to walk, according to his follow-up on My 600-lb Life: Where
Are They Now? “I know I can hit all these goals in the next
year. And that’s what I’m determined to do.” But in 2018, tragedy struck when Sean’s mother
passed away, according to TLC. Understandably he was devastated, as he and
his mother were extremely close. Subsequently, he had to move out of his Houston
apartment. In yet another sorrowful turn of events, Sean
passed away in the hospital due to complications from an infection in February 2019. TMZ reported that his father wrote on Facebook, “He was having problems with his breathing. They were able to resuscitate him and a short
time later his heart stopped.” Sean was just 29 years old. Having the courage to work with Dr. Now and
appear on My 600-lb Life isn’t easy. And unfortunately for some patients, they’re
just not ready to conquer their addiction to food and completely overhaul their lifestyle. Such is the case with Penny, who appeared
in Season 2. “I let food be the way that I found solace.” She was initially able to lose 40 pounds on
a controlled diet, so Dr. Now approved her for weight loss surgery. But after Penny’s gastric bypass, she gained
five pounds, when she should have been losing weight. It appeared she was secretly having food brought
to her. Penny eventually left Houston and moved back
home to Maryland, quitting the program altogether against Dr. Now’s professional advice. In her follow-up episode, he stated plainly
that her addiction will end her life. “Either people around her stop enabling her…or
her addiction eventually is gonna end her.” Penny’s Facebook account has been mostly dormant,
which only fuels speculation that her diet is not going well, and seems to confirm what
Dr. Now called her, quote, “delusional” thinking. Dr. Now is known for giving patients the hope
they need to turn their lives around, and the tools to help them on their journey. That’s what Kelly Mason was looking for when
she made the trip to Houston to meet with the famous surgeon. “Every day is a bad day. And every step is awful.” When she arrived, viewers learned that she
had a host of health issues, including high blood pressure, a blood clot in her leg, type
II diabetes, arthritis, thyroid issues, reflex, and heart problems. It was clear that she needed help. “Some days it just feels like it would just
be easier if I wasn’t here. People could just move on.” Things started looking up for Kelly when Dr.
Now admitted her to the hospital, where she was able to lose over 200 pounds. She then had weight loss surgery, and dropped
another 100 pounds. Upon discharge, she was hopeful, and committed
to sticking to her diet and exercise regimen. But Kelly’s heart had already suffered too
much stress, despite her best efforts. She passed away in her sleep of a heart attack
in February 2019, according to Inquisitr. Dr. Now pointed out, however, that she hadn’t
returned to her old habits. She went out fighting. Like many of the stars who appear on My 600-lb
Life, James was initially unable to leave his bed due to being almost 800 pounds and
had a painful skin infection. “But even though I still open my eyes each
day, I’m not living life because I’m just trapped in this bed all day.” Additionally, James’ family had made some
huge sacrifices for him, including his daughter dropping out of school to care for him, and
his father refinancing his home to get him to Houston, via ambulance, to see Dr. Now. But when James arrived in Houston, he hadn’t
lost the weight Dr. Now required him to. He dropped a bit while supervised, but soon
thereafter, viewers learned that James had instead gained enough to weigh in at 840 pounds. Eventually, Dr. Now told him to leave if he
wasn’t willing to stick to the program. “My dad’s gotten worse. And I’m worried. He’s close to losing it all. He basically already has.” When TLC caught up with James a little later,
things hadn’t improved. In fact, Dr. Now called Adult Protective Services
on James’ girlfriend when he discovered James was suffering organ failure, and she was still
bringing him food while in the hospital. Dr. Now dismissed him once again, citing his
inability to make changes. As viewers learned on her episode, Schenee
endured an extraordinarily difficult childhood. In order to cope with the pain, she turned
to food at an early age, and slowly grew to be 780 pounds. “Food made me feel better. It made me feel happy.” Hopeful that she could turn her life around,
Schenee turned to Dr. Now for help. But she was never approved for weight loss
surgery because she refused to follow the diet and exercise plan Dr. Now gave her. She and her husband were even caught ordering
pizza and burgers to her hospital room. “You both need to stop lying. You came here to have weight loss surgery,
you haven’t lost any weight in four months. Why?” Since the show, Schenee has posted a handful
of videos on her YouTube channel, some of them from hospitals, as she struggles with
her health. And while she claims to have lost weight on
her Facebook page, any progress appears difficult to discern. As one of the first stars of Season 1, Henry
Foots endeared himself to viewers with his kind disposition and sincere desire to attend
his high school reunion looking his best. “My total fear is the end. I’m gonna go. I know I will go if I don’t have the surgery.” Thanks to his hard work, Henry went from 750
pounds all the way down to 275 pounds, and was poised to put his past behind him. But in a heartbreaking twist, Henry passed
away in 2013, several months after having a medical episode while driving a bus, according
to Starcasm. The cause of his passing remains unknown. Many of the stories on My 600-lb Life have
especially tragic beginnings which trigger overeating to cope with difficult feelings. Season 7’s Mercedes was no different. Mercedes weighed in at 773 pounds, was dependent
on her young children for care, and was struggling with severe lymphedema. She clearly wanted to be able to live a normal
life. “I know it’s hard for her because she wanna
do it for us, and us not do it for her.” But Mercedes wasn’t able to qualify for weight
loss surgery. She had only lost 80 pounds, and was full
of excuses as to why. According to her Facebook profile, she’s now
living in Cincinnati, which is a long way from Houston, so she’s likely off Dr. Now’s
program. One of the most shocking things ever on My
600-lb Life was when Lisa Fleming’s daughter discovered maggots in the folds of her mom’s
skin. It seemed like that would be the wake-up call
that got Lisa motivated to stick to the diet that Dr. Now had prescribed her, especially
since she weighed over 700 pounds. That was also on top of needing a team of
paramedics to get her out of her house. Although Lisa did lose some weight under supervision,
she gained it again, once she was back home. Viewers watched as Lisa’s manipulative tactics
became apparent, arguably some of the worst in the show’s history. By the end of her episode, Dr. Now was clearly
frustrated with Lisa’s unwillingness to change and dismissed her from his program. “When all you do is give in to what’s easy,
you sometimes forget it’s the more difficult challenges that make you stronger.” Not even a year after Lisa appeared on My
600-lb Life, she passed away at her home, at age 50, according to Page Six. Jeanne’s life has not been an easy one, and
it only seemed to go even further downhill during her episode of My 600-lb Life. “My life can’t get any worse. But my body and my health are getting worse
by the day.” She first appeared in a messy home along with
her mother, and a father who struggled with severe mental illness. And by the time Jeanne and her mother, Barbara,
arrived in Houston, things took a turn for the worse when Barbara had to be hospitalized
due to illness. Then, Jeanne’s father back home was discovered passed away in his bed. Unfortunately, circumstances proved to be
overwhelming for Jeanne, who decided she wasn’t ready to follow Dr. Now’s program. Instead of staying in Houston, she returned
home. We certainly hope she’ll get the help she
needs in the future. James “LB” Bonner quickly became a Season
6 fan favorite. “There’s days where I feel so worthless, I
think I’d be better off in the ground.” After struggling with food and alcohol addiction,
and losing his foot after an ATV crash, James’ weight ballooned to 650 pounds. Unable to care for himself, he decided to
seek help from Dr. Now, determined to make a change. It was clear that James was a success story. He went from 650 pounds to less than half
of that, and was sticking to his diet and exercise regimen. Additionally, he had become a burgeoning social
media star, with more than 8,000 Facebook followers, according to Starcasm. He was doing so well and losing so much weight
that TLC halted his photo and video sharing, hoping to avoid any spoilers. But sadly, no follow-up episode would ever
air. Tragically, James took his own life in 2018,
at age 30, according to People magazine. “I thought my brother was great. I had no worries. So I want to reach out to people out there
that love alone is not gonna save them.” If you or someone you know is having self-harming
thoughts, please call or chat online with the NSPL at
1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Who isn't fat but eats a lot and dont gain the weight? I'm kinda scared that when I grow older all the weight is gone come back🤦🏾‍♀️😂🙄😭

  2. Honestly.
    Cooking isn't hard.
    And it's not difficult to cut down on food if I feel like I've started to gain weight in fat.

  3. How is it that nearly everyone who gets filmed and gets a heart attack/cardiac arrest dies? Put down the camera and call the damn ambulance

  4. It’s kinda weird that they aren’t being held against their will…like a 5150 or something…they should really keep the patients longer to help them with their eating habits

  5. "Do you believe in God?" That was soo cringe to watch that girl ask Dr. Now that. It's cringe how they try to divert the subject from their obesity.

  6. How on earth do you even get that big? I used to eat until I felt uncomfortably full after every meal and I hit a plateau at about 216lbs…

    That was the largest I’d ever gotten. Now I’m eating until I’m full but not uncomfortably full and walking more. I’ve lost about 18lbs in under 2months.

  7. James King was the 1 person on this show that really annoyed me. The fat disgusting tub of lard put 100lb on whilst been in hospital then the fat cunt and his wife stood and told barefaced lies about what he was eating.

  8. These people are just wasting taxpayers money. There are people in the world that really need a doctor to help them. These overweight people did it to themselves.

  9. They are greedy. They dont help themselves and expect the taxpayers to keep them. How can they afford to eat if they dont work. Dying is a relief both to them and us for having to watch them wobble around. . Programme should be called " My 600lb life that ended OK for all in the End", especially now that kid can go back to school again.

  10. The ones who tried and did good and then died are the tragic stories. Those who didn’t try and still complain of their situations deserve no sympathy. Don’t go for help and then wipe your butt with it

  11. WHEN YOU ARE THAT BIG….800LB, AND CAN'T GET OUT OF BED……………WHO THE FUCK IS FEEDING YOU THAT YOU FUCKING GAIN WEIGHT………………WTF?

  12. Wow. I feel so much pain for those who DID THE WORK and saw the reward, but died anyway. For those who are in denial, and ruin their families (kids taking care of FAT parents? –DISGUSTING!) please, stop making excuses. Change is hard, but it can happen.

  13. Omg they should see their self in the mirror so that they will be motivated aside giving them food.. tss I'm fat as well but i choose myself not food . we can enjoy food but first we should.care for our health if we want to live longer and enjoy gods beautiful creations 😇

  14. No shit they ended in tragedy. FFS Eat McDonalds all day everyday when massively overweight I am not sure what some of these individuals expected to happen? I am sorry I understand there are issues such as HypoThyroidism and other disorders that make weight gain super easy but a lot of individuals just keep going and eating horribly laying around ETC. I just can't ever feel bad for them because they are destroying themselves and have to realize it. I don't get how some of the people on this show do not understand or realize that. It is sad and also the amount of food they eat could feed a small African village or another poor area pretty reasonably…

  15. Justin has a Wife!?!?! I wonder how they have intercourse it has to be ridiculous if even possible at all. This is all soo disgusting IMO how and why do people allow this to happen to themselves. I understand sometimes medical conditions play a role but in most cases I have read about it only plays part of the role the rest of it is the binge eating non moving person… I apologize but I have no sympathy for this whatsoever. That said some of it can be interesting to learn about and for sure motivates me to not be complacent…

  16. Watching this is just, wow. I was pushing 280 pounds before i started really focusing on my weight. It's crazy imagining getting to this size.

  17. This is so utterly, horribly tragic. I just cannot comprehend why these people don't commit suicide. Whether I had a gland problem or just could not stop eating until I was basically just a giant blob of fat, the size of a school bus with a head, I simply could not live with myself if I had a problem like this.. I used to think that NO ONE could get THAT FAT by eating alone. I figured it had to be a problem in their genetics, some kind of freakish gland problem. As it turns out, most of these people are this size …from EATING. A Thanksgiving Day FEAST, for a Family of twelve, is just a bedtime snack for them. I couldn't believe it at first, but a guy I used to work with, who everybody thought had a gland or genetic disorder and was the size of a house (about 6 ft, four, 600 lbs.) bumped into me at the Health Food store. I said excuse me Sir, and went to walk away. The guy said: "You don't recognize me, do you Mike?" I stopped and stared at him, and I could NOT recognize him. He then said his first name and the name of the place we used to work, and I almost dropped dead! He lost HUNDREDS of pounds in about 5 years, completely changed his life and his diet and looked pretty damn great!! He now weighed 260, which for his height and frame looked real good. He said he had to have loose skin surgically removed. We had a long talk and he told me that he simply decided that if he wanted to live to see 45 years old, he had to eat right and exercise, so he did! Took him 4 or 5 years but he did it. When he opened up and told me the way he used to eat and HOW MUCH, I couldn't believe it. He BEGGED me to believe him and SWORE he wasn't exaggerating. He ate more in ONE DAY, than the average person ate in a MONTH, no lie! He would go out for 10:15 morning break, at work, and go to the McDonald's nearby, and eat SIX Big Mac's, 3 or 4 large fries, a few family size chicken nuggets about a DOZEN apple pies and wash it down with a big Diet Coke, and remember, THAT was at morning BREAK! He went HOME for lunch! Hearing him tell me what he ate, was like something from the Twilight Zone! He would go to KFC and buy TWO of the biggest family, monster bucket, meal deals they have and eat one on the drive home (practically) and eat the other one WHILE he was making DINNER! He told me of eating WHOLE, LARGE Birthday cakes as a Midnight SNACK!! It's hard to believe, but some people work their way up to eating that much and they're eating themselves to DEATH! I'm glad this guy I knew changed. Not everyone can. Remember, I met him in a HEALTH FOOD store! He looked great!

  18. Nothing is tragic about this show. Look at what they eat, nobody should feel sad for them. Waste of resources that could have been used on children starving to death instead of fat fucks eating themselves to death.

  19. I despise some of these people like James. Making your own daughter drop out of school to take care of your morbidly obese ass is just repulsive.

  20. What gets me is how these people could just let themselves go. I know trying to loose weight is easier said than done. It also grinds my gears that their family members just feed them food, even taking it to their beds, that are bad for them. Need a little tough love. At 265 pounds, this show inspired me to eat healthier and exercise even more before it was too late. At least my weight gain got slow, but I wasn't loosing any weight. I was almost tempted to give up, but decided to eat healthier, cut down on the alcohol, work out more frequently. So far, I lost 7 pounds and haven't had a drink for 2 weeks. My wife is also cooking healthier alternatives, like baked/grilled chicken instead of fried or baked potato instead of fried.

  21. if you are staying in bed all day and food is being brought to you, and you receive food that drs told you to eat and you don't want to eat it, idc, you are getting good food. don't like it, get up and make it, but then you have no reason to complain.

  22. my mom got up to 400 pounds and my dad finally put his foot down and stopped bringing her food. she was pissed and would scream for hours. my dad would throw salads at her and tell her to either eat that or starve. it was tough and i hated that time in our life but she lost the weight and got healthy again thanks to my dad.

  23. @ 6:52 When you need to start eating while lying down and using your stomach as a table…..you KNOW it's time to lose weight!

  24. crazy how some people eat whenever and however much they want and just have a little bit of chub and some people get 700 lbs

  25. I will never understand why Americans are so convinced they are the best country in the world. Similar situations only happen in the US and nowhere else.

  26. Some of these ppl are pathetic. The ones who put in the effort and dont just quit right away or half ass it are awesome. The rest just make me sick

  27. So the majority of the people that did what they needed to do and successfully lost the weight ended up dying not long after?? So sad. I'm curious tho if these people can't even get outta the bed how they working to buy ALL this food???

  28. "Ended In Tragedy" Don´t get this, you take heroin every day. Do you need to ask why they died? a tragedy is a family dying in a car crash cuz they got a flat ty. They are exacly where they wanted to be.

  29. I feel bad for these young lives lost…un-necessary. Let's be frank…we eat what we like because it TASTES GOOD. We overindulge because it serves some psychological purpose. In these cases, IMHO, we should find a way to shut off the taste buds first. THEN work on the underlying problems. Maybe this would help save some lives.

  30. why does someone like Henry Foots who had dedication on losing weight and end up dropping to 200 pounds, die? but yet someone who is as ignorant as Schenee, is still alive. this angers me >:(

  31. This is so sad. 😢They would hate me. There is no way I’m watching someone die and assisting them!!!! RIP to those that are gone 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  32. I can not feel sorry for any of these people especially the friends the families who keep enabling them with food the hospitals are not paying attention to what’s being brought in there should be a no policy food being brought in the blame is not on the people who are larger then the earth but the people who keeps pushing them too eat there selves too death

  33. I weigh 158 and I'm about to attempt to lose 8-13 pounds (in the next few months).
    Want to see my journey? Come watch it on my channel 🥰🌹.

  34. So sad! Don’t know what’s worse food addiction or drugs! Either way people don’t value their lives! A healthy life is short enough!

  35. it makes me so fucking angry 😂😂when they're dying and weigh 900lbs wasting everyone's time who are trying to help them by stuffing their tiny mouths with unreasonably large amounts of food it just makes me EHEHSHHSNDHSJAISK

  36. We are commanded by God to love the Lord above anyone or any thing, and love our neighbors as ourselves. So weight loss bariatric surgeries, skin removal surgeries, therapists, controlled diets are not the answers. But they are for superficial purposes of the outward appearances of the fleshly bodies. The Lord Jesus has to change the heart and our minds, that the enemy has blinded. So Christ Jesus has to save us from our own selves, the flesh, the inner person. And we are commanded from God who is love, to warn sinners, that they need Jesus to make them free from all sins of the flesh, including gluttony.

    Even though someone may lose the weight, eventually, most will gain it back in the long run, and even more and some have even died trying. God has to deal with all of the others sins, that sinners also, have not repented of, but are willingly sinning against God. The flesh can only be mortified by the power of The Lord God who wants sinners to cease from mankind and turn to him alone to be saved from all sins and addictions. The Lord Jesus is the only one that can get at the root of why someone overeats and turns to food, and not have turned to God only, to be given freedom from any and all addiction.

    Because before my conversion, in becoming a christian, and an adopted born again child of God; I also, walked in the flesh and not in the Spirit. So I kept turning to food, and I ate for all the wrong reasons. i.e. having more pleasure in food more than God, fulfilled the lust of the flesh, abundance, ate when stressed, anxiety, angered, felt unfulfilled, depression, comfort, being and filling hurt by others, emotional eating, loneliness, being molested by biological father, suicidal thoughts, fear etc., The Lord Jesus alone has brought me down from a size 26, to being able to wear 12-14, and JESUS is not done with me yet, in fulfilling his will for me, and within me, to give him glory..

    Even though we that are born again christians, who are now saints, we do follow God, and we do not physically, hurt, stone or kill anyone; because we are not under the law but under grace. Because gluttons, who are living in pleasure are spiritually dead while they live. Deuteronomy @ And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. 1 Timothy 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

    This is why Jesus Christ came into the world to save us FROM our sins. So that we may know love, serve, and know him, and have a personal relationship with God.

    Because being so immobile and very huge, then we cannot be salt and light to others in darkness. But when we now began to serve God, acceptably, we can be an example to others. Because being that large we need someone to serve and enable us. No one will be able to see that Christ is in us and is in control of our life, it destroys your christian witness. Because we become deceived in our hearts that we know God, but in reality he is not in our life, being that heavy.

    So food becomes a god, and GOD has to become our only GOD, and only hope in order to please our Creator, and live with the Lord forever. Romans @ But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

    John @ I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

    May the Lord Jesus bless all of you. Amen

  37. I just can't with these people who bring them food that they know they shouldn't be eating. It's not like they can get up and chase you or beat you up. Have a backbone.

  38. And some people like that are like no I don't eat shit I have a bad metabol..SHUT THE FUCK UP GO AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT OR DIE AND STOP BEING A WEIGHT TO PEOPLE AROUND YOU
    But the the ones that are really trying to do something about it or to the ones that have an actual problem good job I hope you manage it and motivate more people to do the same

  39. what the fuck i had to pause at henry foots because that literally tore my heart apart. straight up started crying what the fuck. rest in peace king 🥺

  40. Meanwhile mainstream media says being fat is the healthiest and strongest thing a person can do. Natural selection I guess?

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