Robert Earl Hughes
Robert Earl Hughes, Jr. (June 4, 1926 – July 10, 1958) was an American man who was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world.
Robert Earl Hughes, Jr. was born in Baylis, Illinois, in 1926. He was the son of farmer and entertainer, Robert Earl Hughes, Sr. (1890 - 1974) and Margaret G. Robinson (1893 - 1993). At the age of six, Robert, Jr. 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.
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).
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- Obituary - Bremen Enquirer
- "LIFE" - Google Books
- "1041-Pound Man Flying to New York for TV" - Los Angeles Times
- "It's All in How You Look at It" - Kentucky New Era
- "Casket for World's Largest Man" - The Miami News
- "Against the Groin" - SI Vault
- "Yary, Just Growing Boy, Hopes to Weigh 290 By Next Season" - Los Angeles Times
- "Big heart: remembering Robert Earl Hughes, 1926-1958" - Google Books
- "Incredible!" - Google Books