A funeral for a record breaker. The world’s
heaviest man is laid to rest in Mexico. Manuel Uribe died on Monday after spending twenty
days in hospital. The 48-year-old once weighed as much as a small truck. Family and friends
gather to pay their final respects in Monterrey. Manuel once tipping the scales at 560 kilos
after a diet of pizzas and burgers in the United States where he worked as a computer
repairman. It saw Guinness World Records award him the title of the world’s heaviest man.
Moving back to Mexico, his diet changed to tacos. By the time of his death he’d slimmed
down to 394 kilos. Reportedly taken to hospital by crane due to an abnormal heartbeat. He’s
also believed to have suffered from liver problems. Transported to the funeral home
on the back of a truck. Unable to find a suitable coffin for his large size, he was cremated.
His lawyer Moises Nataren admitting it’s not a dignified way to go. Nobody wanted to see him end up like this.
Unfortunately there is no coffin that is big enough for his weight and size or a hearse
that is adaptable to a person of his weight. Manuel was not one to let his weight get in
the way. Getting married six years ago after being hoisted onto a flat bed truck and taken
to the wedding, on one of the few occasions he left his home.