A Mexican man once listed as the world's heaviest human being has died at the age of 48. Manuel Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds, well below his record peak weight of 1,230 pounds (87 stone 8, or 560 kilograms), which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record.

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August 8, 2008: Manuel Uribe talks on the phone at his home in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, in Monterrey. Uribe, then weighing 52 stone (330 kilos), was hoping to get out of the house for only the third time in six, bedridden yearsReuters

Uribe had been confined to his bed in Monterrey for years, unable to walk on his own. He was taken to hospital on 2 May because of an abnormal heartbeat but he had to be evacuated with a crane by emergency and civil defence workers.

Doctors have not yet certified the cause of death. In addition to the cardiac condition, Uribe was also believed to have suffered from liver problems.

Uribe married Claudia Solis in 2008, and the wedding was one of the few times he left his home in recent years. Since the summer of 2002, Uribe had been bedridden, relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him.

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January 17, 2006: Manuel Uribe lies on his bed at home in Monterrey, MexicoReuters
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January 17, 2006: Dr Jaime Gonzalez gives Manuel Uribe a check-up at homeAFP
January 19, 2006: Manuel Uribe eats in his bed at home in Monterrey, MexicoReuters
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March 7, 2007: Manuel Uribe toasts with champagne on his bed during a promenade through his home town of Monterrey, Mexico. Uribe, who was the heaviest man on earth at almost 590 kilograms, announced that he planned to marry his girlfriend and had lost 230 kgAFP
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June 11, 2008: Manuel Uribe pretends to eat a cake held by his girlfriend Claudia Solis. Uribe, once the world's most obese man, celebrated his 43rd birthday with a very short trip outside his houseReuters
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August 10, 2008: Manuel Uribe waits for a forklift as he leaves home for the first time in yearsReuters
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August 10, 2008: A forklift lifts Manuel Uribe in order to place him on a trailer. He left his home for the third time in six years to go to La Boca dam in Santiago, some 36 km (22.3 miles) away from Monterrey as part of a postponed birthday celebrationReuters
October 26, 2008: Manuel Uribe waves as he is driven on board a truck to go to his wedding in Monterrey, Mexico. Despite shedding 230 kilograms (570 pounds) Uribe had to be carried to the wedding venue on his bed, where he had been confined for yearsAFP
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October 26, 2008: Claudia Solis, the bride of Manuel Uribe, poses just before their weddingAFP
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March 20, 2009: Manuel Uribe shakes hands with children wearing Spring costumes as he takes a trip around town on a modified truckReuters
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May 26, 2014: Members of the Civil Defence use a truck to transport the body of Manuel Uribe on a king size bed, covered with a tarpaulinReuters