Mexican man, once world's heaviest, dies at 48

Mexican Manuel Uribe, then with 40 years old and weighing 597 kilograms, in Monterrey, Mexico on Jan 17, 2006. Uribe died on 26 May 2014,-- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mexican Manuel Uribe, then with 40 years old and weighing 597 kilograms, in Monterrey, Mexico on Jan 17, 2006. Uribe died on 26 May 2014,-- PHOTO: REUTERS
Manuel Uribe sits on his reinforced bed outside his house in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza in the northern city of Monterrey on June 11, 2008. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Manuel Uribe sits on his reinforced bed outside his house in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza in the northern city of Monterrey on June 11, 2008. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Manuel Uribe poses for a portrait at his home in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, in Monterrey on May 9, 2008. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Manuel Uribe poses for a portrait at his home in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, in Monterrey on May 9, 2008. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTERREY, Mexico (AFP) - A Mexican man who was once the world’s heaviest human, weighing 597kg at one point, has died at the age of 48, medical officials said on 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.

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 per cent 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.