James King of TLC’s ‘My 600-lb Life’ Dies at 49

He last appeared on the TLC reality series in 2018

Last Updated: April 6, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

James King, who appeared on TLC’s “My 600lb-Life,” has died. He was 49.

The reality star passed away at a Nashville hospital on April 3, according to his obituary on the Milner & Orr Funeral Home website. His cause of death has not been released.

TLC confirmed King’s death in a tweet Monday.

“TLC was deeply saddened by the loss of James King, who shared his weight-loss journey on My 600lb Life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time,” the network said.

The last time King appeared on “My 600lb-Life” was in 2018. He originally appeared on the show’s 2017 season. In the past, he has dealt with health issues including sepsis and cirrhosis of the liver, according to TMZ. When he first appeared on the show in 2017, he weighed 791 pounds. The next time he returned to the show, his weight had increased to 840 pounds.

The series follows obese individuals, seeking to undergo gastric-bypass surgery, over a year of their lives. It has been on the air since 2012.

King lived in Paducah, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Raisor King, his father, three brothers, four daughters, two sons and 19 grandchildren.

“James loved sports, especially wrestling, hockey and baseball,” his obituary continues. “James’ favorite team to cheer for was the Chicago Cubs. His other hobbies included fishing and communicating to friends across the country on his CB Radio under the handle ‘Cracker Jack.'”