TMZ: 'My 600-Lb Life' Star James King's Death Reportedly Not Caused by COVID-19

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 14, 2020
11:00 A.M.
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Last Friday, James King from TLC’s “My 600-Lb Life” passed away. Now according to “TMZ,” the reality star’s death was not caused by the novel coronavirus disease.


“TMZ” reported how King, 49, died when his heart gave out instead of COVID-19. According to one of his family members, the reality star got very sick in early February 2020.

The star’s liver and kidneys were shutting down due to his weight. When King starred on TLC’s show, he actually gained instead of losing weight.

COVID-19 quarantine image uploaded in 2020 | Photo: Pixabay/Alexey Hulsov 

COVID-19 quarantine image uploaded in 2020 | Photo: Pixabay/Alexey Hulsov


King gained more weight after show

At the start of the show in 2017, the star weighed 791 pounds. However, at the end of 2018, King weighed 840 pounds.

On February 10, 2020, the reality star was taken to a local hospital. The Paducah, Kentucky resident ended up being transferred to the Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville shortly afterward because they were better equipped to treat a patient his size.


His past illnesses

A family member revealed that after King struggled with the liver and kidney issues, his heart gave out because of stress. He had battled cirrhosis of the liver and sepsis in the past.


Losing weight for a short time

During King's initial episode of “My 600-LB Life’s” fifth season, his weight gain left him bed-ridden and unable to take care of his father. He managed to get his weight down to 600lbs in preparation for weight-loss surgery.


Wife blamed for his weight gain

However, during his “Where Are They Now?” episode, he had some setbacks. Dr. Younan Nowzaradan ended up calling adult protective services on his wife, Lisa Raisor King.


King had food snuck in for him

The doctor accused his wife of putting him in harm’s way after suspecting she was sneaking him food while he worked to lose the weight necessary to undergo surgery. Nowzaradan ended up dismissing King from the program.

Who survived James

He was described as a “loving" husband, son, brother, dad and grandfather who enjoyed sports and fishing. The reality star is survived by his wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons, and 19 grandchildren.

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