World’s Most Obese Man Dies Christmas Day at Age 38

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The world’s most obese man has died, just two months after undergoing emergency weight-loss surgery. 38-year-old Andres Moreno once weighed as much as 978lbs, though had reduced his weight to 711lbs at the time of his death.

Moreno was admitted to Arboledas Hospital’s Gastric Bypass Center in Guadalajara for a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch on October 28. He was then rushed in for emergency surgery once again on November 25, when around 80cm of his intestine was removed having been damaged by a hernia.

World's Most Obese Man Dies Christmas Day at Age 38

Following the surgical procedures, Moreno appeared to be making reassuring progress, losing close to 70lbs and walking unaided for the first time in several years. It therefore came as a tragic shock when his publicist revealed that he’d suffered a fatal heart attack on Christmas day.

“Friends and family, I regret to inform you that Andres Moreno has died, I ask you to pray for him,” wrote a family member on Moreno’s Facebook account.

“Andres died at 8.30am on Christmas Day in an ambulance from a heart attack as he was taken from his house to San Jose Hospital,” publicist Carmen Palacios explained.

Moreno’s struggles with obesity caught the attention of Cristiano Ronaldo some time ago – the Real Madrid soccer player sending him a signed shirt as a source of inspiration.

“I want to thank everyone, especially Ronaldo, for taking interest in my case,” said Moreno when he received the shirt.

“Sometimes you think that people live in another world way from the people, but that is not the case,”

“I feel as if I had gotten a Christmas gift before Christmas.”