Walter Hudson (1944–1991)

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Walter Hudson
Born 1944
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died December 24, 1991(1991-12-24) (aged 46–47)
Hempstead, New York
Cause of death Heart Attack
Known for Sixth heaviest person in medical history
Weight 1,197 lb (543 kg) (1987 estimate)[1]

Walter Hudson (c. 1944 in Brooklyn, NY – Dec 24, 1991) of Hempstead, New York was the sixth most obese human in medical history. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest waist.[1] It measured 302 centimetres (119 in) in 1987 when he was at his peak weight of 1,197 pounds (85.5 st; 543 kg). Hudson described his average daily diet as consisting of two boxes of sausages, 1 pound (0.45 kg) of bacon, 12 eggs, a loaf of bread, four hamburgers and four double cheeseburgers, eight large portions of fries, three ham steaks or two chickens, four baked potatoes, four sweet potatoes, four heads of broccoli, most of a large cake, and additional snacks. He also drank an average of 18 U.S. quarts (17 liters) of soda every day.[2]

Dick Gregory involvement[edit]

Hudson made headlines after being unable to lift himself off the floor when returning from the bathroom, and requiring assistance from eight rescue workers to return to his bed.[3] Comedian Dick Gregory used Hudson to promote his "Bahamian" diet system,[4][5] often saying that Hudson had lost between 200 and 800 pounds (14 and 57 st; 91 and 363 kg).


Walter Hudson died of a heart attack on December 24, 1991, at age 46. He weighed 1,125 pounds (80.4 st; 510 kg) at the time, and removal of his body required rescue workers from the Hempstead Fire Department to cut a 4-by-6-foot (1.2 by 1.8 m) hole in his bedroom wall. [6] He was buried in a specially-constructed, steel-reinforced coffin that was 54 inches (1.4 m) wide, 40 inches (1.0 m) deep, and 88 inches (2.2 m) long.[7]

Hudson was survived by his 38-year-old fiancée, Sunday Cruz.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Glenday, Craig (April 2010). Guinness World Records 2010: Thousands of new records in The Book of the Decade!. Bantam. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-553-59337-2. 
  2. ^ Plummer, William; Mary Huzinec (October 26, 1987). "After 27 Years in His Bedroom, 1,200-Lb. Walter Hudson Decides to Take a Load Off". People Magazine 28 (17). p. 60. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ Haywood, Richette L.; Monroe Frederick (1987-10-05). "Inability to Get Up, Go to Mother's Funeral Gives 700-Pounder Will to Diet". Jet 73 (2): 54–56. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Gregory Comes to Rescue of 1,000-Pound Walter Hudson". Jet 73 (7): 17–18. 1987-12-09. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ Niedershuh, Karl. "The World's Heaviest People". Dimensions Magazine. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Obituaries: Walter Hudson, 46; Called Heaviest Man". The New York Times. 1991-12-26. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  7. ^ a b "World's Biggest Man, Water Hudson, Mourned at N.Y. Funeral Services". Jet 81 (13): 54–55. 1992-01-20. Retrieved 2012-01-05.