Britain’s heaviest man—weighing more than 900 pounds—died over the weekend after being bedridden in his house for the last year.
Carl Thompson, 33, had made a plea on daytime television a few weeks ago for help losing weight. Although he had been overweight as a child, his condition became life threatening three years ago, when his mother died and he began to eat to dull his pain, Sky News reported.
He was found dead Sunday morning, and emergency services in Dover, Kent were seen blocking the road around his apartment so they could remove his body through a window. It took hours to remove the heavy corpse from the home, and emergency workers had to saw off part of a balcony and use a small crane, London’s Telegraph reported.
"Officers do not believe the death to be suspicious. The coroner will be notified," an unidentified Kent Police spokesman said.
Thompson lived alone in an apartment with help from a team of public health workers who bathed him and cooked for him every day.
He spent more than $300 per week on food, with one restaurant entering his home to deliver food with a key because Thompson couldn’t come to the door. He reportedly ate 10,000 calories-a-day by gorging on takeout and whole loaves of bread, eventually becoming too heavy to walk or bathe himself.
He doubled his weight from about 420 pounds to more than 900 in just three years, making him housebound.
Thompson had said in April that he needed to lose two-thirds of his weight-- which had topped 910 pounds-- or doctors warned he would die, according to the Dover Express newspaper.
Experts say he had an eating disorder, which was exacerbated after his mother died of brain cancer in 2012.
Thompson had appealed for help in a TV interview and told the Dover Express he was seeking professional help. "Any professional opinion or other knowledge would be great. I've had a lot of that coming in anyway but the more the better," he had said.
He described a persistently bad relationship with food, and remembered sneaking downstairs at night as a child to raid the kitchen. "I was only about three or four and no one knew why I did it. I would just eat anything out of the cupboards," Thompson said.
Thompson—who had not worked since the age of 17-- lived off disability benefits.