Police responded to Bonner’s South Carolina home at 7:45am on Thursday, August 2, the Lexington Police Department confirmed to RadarOnline.com.
Bonner’s Facebook page has been flooded with condolences.
“You never know what someone is going through," a friend wrote. "Depression is real and takes on many forms. Please tell the people in your life how much you love them, how proud you are of them, and that you are there to help even if it's just to listen. R.I.P. L.B. Bonner. The community of Galveston will never be the same."
A loved one second commented, “So heartbroken to hear about L.B. Bonner this morning. you will be missed by so many. I hate that you felt this was your only option. Mental health is such a b***h. if any of my friends need an ear, I am always here. Please reach out to someone if you are having dark thoughts.”
Bonner has been one of the most successful participants of the show. After losing his leg in a car accident in 2013, he turned to food and alcohol, reaching 650 pounds.
He dieted, exercised and underwent lap band surgery. He also maintained his sobriety. Bonner was in the 200-pound range before his passing.
If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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