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Subject: ARCHIVE: July 10, 1958 ~The sad, life and death of Robert Earl Hughes, but he found positive in everyone. A Missouri country farmer whose claim-to-reluctant-fame was as the world's heaviest man (attributed to a malfunctioning pituitary gland), finally dying at 1,050lbs, at only age 32. ...

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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 03:36:18pm


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

American man who was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world. Robert Earl Hughes was born on June 4, 1926 in Monticello, Missouri, 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. 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), and was buried in Benville Cemetery, Brown County, Illinois. His family said, Hughes never had a sad day, finding a helpful, positive attitude with all. this was evident by the 1,500 people of his region in attendence at his funeral.


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His excessive weight was attributed to a malfunctioning pituitary gland. At the age of 6, Hughes weighed about 200lb; at age 12, he weighed 326lb)... (NT)...and reportedly weighed an estimated 1,069 lb. at his heaviest!Thursday, July 11, 09:57:38am

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