Wesley Durden Death
December 26, 2011 by staff
Wesley Durden Death, Army Sgt. Wesley Durden Jr., a former contestant on TLC’s reality show “Next Great Baker,” was shown voted off the show on Monday night’s episode. However, Durden, a Jacksonville native, completed suicide back in October after production ended, according to reports.
According to the Huffington Post, TLC didn’t mention Durden’s death until after his elimination from the reality show.
The network revealed Durden’s death in a memorial note after the episode.
“TLC extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Sgt. Wesley Durden, who died Oct. 24,” a TLC press release read. “He will be warmly remembered by the cast and crew of ‘Next Great Baker.’”
On Oct. 27, Jacksonville Daily News reported that Durden died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Gavin MacRoberts had confirmed the sergeant’s death with the Daily News. Fort Bragg officials also said he was a cook with the 82nd Airborne and the Durden was deployed to Iraq from January 2007 to March 2008 and then once more from August 2009 to December 2009.
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