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Subject: ARCHIVE: July 10, 1958 ~It was 60 years ago today American folk figure Robert Earl Hughes, unassuming farmer who infamously became known as "the world's fattest man", reportedly weiging in at 1,069lbs, when he died as results of his obesity, at just 32 years old. ...

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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 11:08:31am

American man who was, during his lifetime, the heaviest
human being recorded in the history of the world. ...

Robert Earl Hughes
(June 4, 1926 July 10, 1958)

Robert Earl Hughes was born on June 4, 1926 in Baylis, Illinois, the son of Abraham Guy Hughes (18781957) and Georgia Alice Weatharby (19061947). He had two younger brothers, Guy B. Hughes (19272006), and Donald Hughes (19292012). At the age of six, Robert weighed about 92 kilograms (203 lb); at twelve, he weighed 148 kilograms (326 lb). His excessive weight was attributed to a malfunctioning pituitary gland. His chest was measured at 3.15 metres (10.3 ft), and he weighed an estimated 485 kilograms (1,069 lb) at his heaviest.

Hughes's grave at Benville Cemetery ...

During his adult life, Hughes made guest appearances at carnivals and fairs; plans to appear on the Ed Sullivan television program were announced but never came about. On July 10, 1958, Hughes contracted a case of measles, which soon developed into uremia, resulting in his death in Bremen, Indiana, United States. He was 32 years old. He is buried in Benville Cemetery, Brown County, Illinois.

It is often said he was buried in a piano case. This error stems from a sentence that appeared in successive editions of the Guinness Book of World Records, which read, "He was buried in a coffin the size of a piano case." His headstone notes that he was the world's heaviest man at a confirmed 1,041 pounds (472 kg).



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Weighed 1,069 lbs- makes those folks on "My 600 Pound Life" look like pikers (NT).Tuesday, July 10, 11:31:54am

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