MATTHEW Ventress, My 600-Lb Life’s first transgender star, passed away unexpectedly when her brother confirmed the unfortunate news via Facebook on Tuesday.
He appeared on the TLC reality show before the transition, called Destinee LaShaee.
Wayne Compton, Matthew’s brother, confirmed the reality TV star’s death on Tuesday Ashleys Reality Wheel.
In an emotional tribute to his brother, he wrote: “I’m sorry brother, I accept you for who you are, I accept every flaw that comes your way…
“I’m sorry you feel lonely, I’m sorry you feel you have no one else to turn to, I’m sorry you feel you have no other choice.”
Before his death, Matthew shared some troubling messages on social media indicating he was struggling.
Last week, he wrote: “If I were surrounded by all my tears, I would float in the ocean.
Then on Saturday, Matthew shared another sad post, writing: “To all the people who truly love and support me, I love you and I’m grateful for touching millions of lives. lives and hearts around the world.
“Living life with so much pain for a long time, I realized that God doesn’t make mistakes.
“I’m grateful for my journey and all that I’ve been through. I don’t regret a single moment. Love you all.”
Matthew appeared in Season Seven of My 600-Lb Life.
The season aired in 2019.
At the time, Matthew – who was not yet in labor – weighed 669 lbs.
He said on the show: “I am only 27 years old. I have a lot of things that I want to do and need to do.
“I can’t believe this is my life now. Where I lay here all day and wait for food.”
He continued, talking about his mental health struggles: “I feel like all I’m doing is trying to get out of my depression and paint at this point.
“Food is the only thing I can do to do that. I can feel it killing me. There’s no way I could have survived any longer.”
After the show, Matthew lost nearly 500 lbs.
He celebrated the achievement on social media, sharing a series of photos of the transformation.
He also joined my other 600-Lb. Star life in Megalomedia lawsuitthe show’s production company.
The legal petition accuses the manufacturers of negligence, willful mental distress, fraud, and other crimes.
Matthew claims he was taken advantage of by the producers and forced to shave his face in front of the camera.
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The number of suicides in the US is “one and a half times more” than the number of homicides, according to report.
For those aged 10 to 34, suicide was the “second cause of death” and the fourth for those aged 35 to 54.
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