Uribe, once world’s heaviest human, dies

Monterrey - A Mexican man who was once the world's heaviest human when he weighed 597kg at one point, has died at the age of 48, medical officials said Monday.

Preliminary reports say Manuel Uribe died due to an irregular heartbeat and an ailment linked to the loss of fluids in his legs, an official at the University Hospital in the northern city of Monterrey told AFP.

Manuel Uribe at his home in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, in Monterrey in this August 8, 2008 file photo. Credit: REUTERS

After he was listed as the world's heaviest human by the Guinness World Records in 2007, Uribe began a diet that brought his weight down to 394kg.

But he was taken to the hospital on May 2, transported with a crane from his home in the town of San Nicolas de los Garza because he could not walk.

Uribe got married in 2008 after being taken to the ceremony in a crane. A US television station had bought the broadcast rights for the event.

Mexico is battling an obesity epidemic, with 71 percent of adults and a third of children considered overweight or obese, figures that rival the United States for the dubious title of the world's heaviest nation. - Sapa-AFP