*If only a great attitude had been enough to save his life. If only he had changed his diet earlier.
These may be the thoughts held by many who are saddened by the death of Manuel “Meme” Uribe, who had made history as “The World’s Heaviest” Living Human Being.
Uribe, who resided in Monterrey, Mexico, died on Memorial Day, May 26, at the age of 48.
When you view the video interview done by ABC in 2008, you can’t help but wonder how someone in his condition can be so…happy, so hopeful. But he was, as he told the reporter about the positive effects of his new diet, from which he had slimmed down the likes of two fully grown people, “2 stones” in weight, to about 867 pounds from his record peak weight of 1,230 pounds, which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record.
Uribe’s death was confirmed by an official of the health department of Nuevo Leon state, where the city of Monterrey is located.
He had been confined to his bed in Monterrey for years, unable to walk on his own.
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 civil defense workers.
Though no cause of death has yet to be determined by doctors, it is suspected that Uribe also had liver problems in addition to the cardiac condition.
With some of his weight issue possibly being genetic, Uribe was a big kid; weighing over 200 lbs. as an adolescent. He became bedridden in 2002, and depended largely on family and friends for support.
UPDATE: The body of Manuel Uribe was brought to Serorrey funeral home – the only facility in the northern city of Monterrey that could handle his size, for cremation. His body was transported via flat-bed truck, on the same special bed where he spent much of the last decade.
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