Destinee LaShaee, who was the first transgender star on the reality show “My 600-Lb. Life,” has died at the age of 30.
The death of LaShaee, who also used the name Matthew Ventress, was confirmed by the actor’s brother, Wayne Compton, on Tuesday, E! Online reported.
No cause of death has been revealed, Us magazine reported.
“No no no I’m sorry bro, I accept you for who you are,” Wayne Compton wrote in a Facebook post. “I accept every flaw that come with you, I’m sorry you felt alone, I’m sorry you felt you had nobody else to turn to, I’m sorry you felt you had no other option. Destiny wouldn’t have wanted this, Lord why keep taking my siblings away, how much can I take?”
LaShaee appeared in the seventh season of TLC’s reality show, People reported. The rising social media star weighed slightly under 700 pounds but eventually lost more than 500 pounds, showing off the weight loss on social media.
“Dear God my future is in your hands,” LaShaee wrote in an Instagram post on Jan. 9, “And I trust you.”
LaShaee was also a vocal proponent about mental health, the magazine reported.
“TLC is saddened to learn of the loss of Destinee Lashae, whose weight-loss story was featured on ‘My 600-Lb Life,’” the cable network said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies go out to Destinee’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.”
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