Manuel Uribe Dies: Former World's Heaviest Man Slimmed Down 400 Pounds

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:09 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Manuel Uribe, the Mexican man who once held the title of world's heaviest person, has died. He was just 48 years old.

Uribe, who weighed 867 pounds at the time of his death Monday, had lost 367 pounds from his peak weight of 1,234 several years earlier, The Associated Press reported. Unable to walk under his immense weight, he spent a great deal of his life confined to a bed.

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Born in 1965 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Uribe said he was always a chubby child. However, his excessive weight gain didn't begin until after his first marriage, which he started out in weighing 280 pounds.

"I used to eat normal, just like all Mexicans do . . . beans, rice, flour tortilla, corn tortilla, French fries, hamburgers, subs, and pizzas — whatever regular people eat," Uribe told ABC News in a 2008 interview.

It was, however, his sedentary life that Uribe claims led to his massive weight gain in the years to come.

"I worked as a technician, repairing typewriters, electronic calculators, and computers." he told ABC. "So I worked on a chair. It was a sedentary life."

In addition to his career, Uribe also suffered from depression after learning his first wife wanted out of the marriage.

"I was very depressed . . . Everything ended on account of my obesity, because I spent a lot of money trying to see doctors, going on diets, and I just gained more weight," he said.

Following the divorce, in the summer of 2002, Uribe reportedly got into bed and never crawled out, The Washington Post reported.

Despite being bedridden and needing his mother and friends to clean him, Uribe married 38-year-old Claudia Solis in 2008 in a wedding ceremony that had him transported to the ceremony via a flatbed truck that carried his custom-made bed, according to the AP.

At the time of his 2008 marriage, an elated Uribe told reporters, "I have a wife and will form a new family and live a happy life."

Medical officials have not yet released a cause of death, but the AP noted that Uribe suffered from an array of problems, including cardiac and liver issues. He was reportedly hospitalized May 2 with an irregular heartbeat.

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