Former World's Heaviest Man Dies, Doctors Haven't Said Why
Manuel Uribe, who was once the world's heaviest human, passed away today at the age of 48.
Uribe, who lived in Monterrey, Mexico, set a Guinness World Record in 2006 when he weighed 1,230 pounds, but had since dropped down to 867 pounds before his death.
Even at his lower weight, Uribe was unable to walk and had been confined to his bed for years.
A local health official said that Uribe was taken to the hospital on May 2 because of an abnormal heartbeat. The journey required the help of a crane and government workers, noted the Associated Press.
His cause of death has not yet been determined, but Uribe was believed to have suffered from heart and liver problems.
Uribe, who weighed more than 250 pounds as a teen, said his weight got out of control in 1992.
Since 2002, Uribe had been bedridden and relied on family and friends to care for him.
In 2008, Uribe married girlfriend Claudia Solís. He was transported to the church via a custom-made bed on a flat-bed truck under police escort, reported the Mirror.
Amazingly, Uribe did not eat any wedding cake.
"He didn't break his diet. His doctors are here and they are watching him very closely," said Uribe's mother Orquedia Garza at the time.