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 years Reuters

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.