May 26, 2014 – Manuel Uribe died today. He had slimmed down to about 867 pounds, well below his then-record peak weight of 1,230 pounds, which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record. Probable cause of death is his heart condition and liver problems. He is survived by his wife Claudia Solis whom he married in 2008 (see below). May he RIP.

This was my original blog post from 2008 –

Oct. 1, 2008 – The world’s most obese man is getting hitched. Manuel Uribe says he will wed longtime girlfriend Claudia Solis on Oct. 26 ‘08 in Monterrey, Mexico. The two will be married in a civil ceremony at a location still to be decided.

I have been following news about him for almost a year. He came to the US  in his 20s when he worked  and lived in Florida. His daily diet of burgers and pizza made his weight balloon to a level that forced him to return to Mexico when he could no longer physically work. Incidentally, I gained most of my weight while living for 10 years here in the US. Fast food definitely is the culprit.

Uribe is unable to walk, and leaving his house means being towed through the streets on his specially made bed.

This year the Guinness Book of World Records declared Uribe, who tipped the scales at 1,230 pounds in 2006, the world’s heaviest man.

The 43-year-old has shed about 550 pounds since with the help of Solis. The two met four years ago.

Uribe said Wednesday he will have a bite of wedding cake for photos, but won’t eat any more because his diet prohibits it.  -)