Robert Earl Hughes

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Robert Earl Hughes

Robert Earl Hughes (June 4, 1926 – July 10, 1958) was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world.[1]

Hughes was born in Baylis, Illinois, in 1926. At the age of six, he weighed about 92 kilograms (203 lb);[2] at ten, he weighed 171 kilograms (377 lb). His excessive weight was attributed to a malfunctioning pituitary gland.[3] His chest was measured at 3.15 metres (10.3 ft), and he weighed an estimated 485 kg (1069 lbs) at his heaviest.[1]

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.[3] On July 10, 1958, Hughes contracted a case of measles,[2] which soon developed into uremia,[2] resulting in his death in Bremen, Indiana,[4] United States; he was 32 years old.[2]

He is often said to have been 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).[2]

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