Sergeant Wesley Durden, a contestant on this season of TLC’s Next Great Baker, committed suicide after production wrapped, according to the Jacksonville Daily News.
The network delivered the news in a note after Monday’s episode, on which Durden was eliminated.
TLC further issued this statement: “TLC extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Sgt. Wesley Durden, who died Oct. 24. He will be warmly remembered by the cast and crew of Next Great Baker.”
Durden was a veteran paratrooper who had made it through two deployments in Iraq. He is survived by his wife, his 7-year-old son, and his two-year-old daughter.