Manuel Uribe Dies; World's Heaviest Man Was 48

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Manuel Uribe, a Mexican man believed to be the world's heaviest human at one point before dropping some weight in recent years, has died at the age of 48.

According to news reports, his death was confirmed by an official of the health department of Nuevo Leon, where the city of Monterrey is located.

Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds, which was actually well below his then-record peak weight of 1,230 pounds, a Guinness World Record.

Still, Uribe had been confined to his bed, unable to walk on his own. Since 2002, Uribe had been bedridden, relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him.

The official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said Uribe had been taken to the hospital on May 2 because of an abnormal heartbeat.

He had to be taken to the hospital with a crane by emergency and defense workers.

Doctors have not yet certified the cause of death. In addition to a cardiac condition, Uribe was also believed to have suffered from liver problems.

Uribe wed Claudia Solis in 2008, one of the few times he left his home since 2002.

He was a chubby kid, weighing more than 250 pounds (115 kilograms) as an adolescent. Starting in 1992, he said, his weight began ballooning further.

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