Matthew Ventress Death – Obituary: Matthew Ventress (who was known as Destinee LaShaee while on the show), has died. Matthew’s death was confirmed by his brother Wayne Compton on Facebook on Tuesday.
“I’m sorry bro, I accept you for who you are, I accept every flaw that comes 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,” Wayne wrote in a tribute to Matthew on Tuesday.
Matthew– who was the first transgender person to appear on the TLC reality show— appears to have committed suicide, just one year to the day that his sister died. (His sister’s name was Destiny as well, just FYI.)
In the days before his death, Matthew appeared to be struggling, writing several sad messages to Facebook.
“If I was surrounded by all my tears I’d be floating in the ocean,” he wrote on Friday.
“To everyone who genuinely loves and supports me I love you and I’m grateful to have touched millions of lives and hearts around the world,” he wrote on Saturday. “…Living my life with so much pain for so long I’ve come to realize that God makes no mistakes. I’m grateful for my journey and all I’ve been through. I don’t regret a single moment. Love you all.”
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Matthew’s story was shown on Season 7 of “My 600 Lb. Life,” which first aired in 2019. During the episode, Matthew— then known as Destinee and presenting as a woman—weighed 669 pounds.
“I’m just 27. I have so much 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,” Destinee told the cameras during her episode. “I feel like all I’m constantly doing is trying to escape my depression and pain at this point. Food is the only thing I can turn to do that. I can feel it killing me. There is no way I’m going to survive for much longer.”
After appearing on “My 600 Lb. Life,” Matthew– who was still using the name Destinee— joined a lawsuit with other people who had appeared on the show. In legal documents filed in 2020, Matthew accused Megalomedia— the production company behind the show— of negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and more.
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