Sean Milliken — who starred on TLC’s “My 600-lb Life” — is dead … TMZ has confirmed.
His father, Matt, announced the sad news on Facebook … saying Sean passed away Sunday in a hospital due to complications from an infection. He added, “Sunday he was having problems with his breathing, they were able to resuscitate him and a short time later his heart stopped.”
Sean, who reached a weight as high as 900 pounds, was on the show for only one episode in 2016. He became bedridden during his senior year of high school — when he was already at least 400 lbs — after suffering a debilitating leg injury.
The same year he appeared on the reality show, he told People he was planning on moving to Houston to see if he could qualify for weight loss surgery. He reportedly lived on his own in Texas prior to his death, but it’s unclear if he ever went under the knife.
Yusuf Islam — formerly known as Cat Stevens — apparently had a tough time getting into the U.S. for Sean Penn‘s annual pre-Globes gala … but it’s unclear what the problem was.
The iconic British singer-songwriter was one of the performers at Penn’s CORE charity event Saturday night, which raises money for disaster relief efforts in Haiti and other countries across the Caribbean every year ahead of the Golden Globes.
While introducing Yusuf, Penn noted he almost wasn’t permitted to come. He doesn’t elaborate beyond that, and Yusuf went on to play a beautiful set in front of folks like Julia Roberts, Anderson Cooper, Casey Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Mike Myers, Keegan Michael Key, Bonnie Hunt, Allison Williams, Larry David, Connie Britton, Ben Stiller, Maxine Waters … and other stars in attendance.
However, based on Yusuf’s history with the United States — he was literally banned from entering the country between ’04 and ’06 for alleged ties to terrorist efforts, which was later discovered to be bogus — it’s possible his past gave him issues with U.S. Customs … especially under the Trump administration.
Speaking of Trump … Penn later joked that he’d applied to be Trump’s new Chief of Staff in light General John Kelly stepping down last month. Classic dry humor from SP here.
The good times didn’t stop there either — Mike Meyers tried auctioning if his cell phone case for $ 40k (to no avail) and Julia Roberts ended up winning World Cup tickets with her hubby … for no less than $ 100k, of course.
We got the New York Dem, who’s also openly gay, Friday on Capitol Hill, and he made it clear — Kevin Hart has made “stupid” comments about gay people. That said, he was quick to add that people are capable of change — something he has seen firsthand on the House floor.
As for Ellen, Maloney praised her for carrying the torch on behalf of the LGBTQ community, but at the same time said she does not speak for the entire group. He says we should celebrate the fact there are many voices and they should all be heard.