- Carl Thompson died at his home in Dover a few weeks after pleading for help
- The 33-year-old had ballooned to 65 stone and relied on care-givers to wash him
- Last month he told how his mother’s death prompted his weight gain
- His remains had to be removed from his home with a crane
Britain’s fattest man – who weighed 65 stone – was found dead just hours after ordering apple crumble and ice cream from his favourite takeaway.
Emergency services needed several hours to remove Carl Thompson from his home, using a small crane to carry his body out via an upstairs balcony and closing the road outside.
The 33-year-old, from Dover, had been housebound for more than a year after doctors warned he needed to lose 70 per cent of his body-weight to survive.
Mr Thompson attributed his weight gain to the death of his mother in 2012.
When his mother died of a brain tumour in 2012, Thompson turned to junk food as a means of coping with his grief – despite already being obese.
Consuming a staggering 10,000 calories every day – four times the usual daily amount for a man – Mr Thompson binged on Chinese takeaways and pizzas delivered to his door and claimed to have spent £10 a day on chocolate – relying on state handouts for money.
His weight went from 30 stone to 65 in three years, leaving him unable to care for himself.
Unable to walk or even dress himself, he was bathed and cooked for by a team of NHS care givers.
The owner of his favourite takeaway, who would deliver food to his bedside using a key to his flat, spoke of sending him what may have been his final food order.
Merdad Mohebbi, owner of nearby Q Pizza, told The Sun: “I can’t believe it. He had cut right down on what he was eating. He was only ordering one or two things a day.
“When I took the order he seemed happy enough. He was talking about how he was going to the hospital and they were going to do tests for him. He was full of life.”
Last month, Mr Thompson appeared on This Morning TV show and begged for help to lose weight, saying he wanted to do it naturally rather than using a gastric band.
Living off incapacity benefits and disability allowances, he had not worked since the age of 17 and spent roughly £200 a week on takeaways and online food shopping.
His public appeal for help to overcome his problem after tipping the scales as Britain’s fattest man was inundated with offers. Doctors warned he could be faced with death if efforts were not made to shed at least 45 stone.
Mr Thompson said: “Any professional opinion or other knowledge would be great. I’ve had a lot of that coming in anyway but the more the better.
“I could die, that’s the bottom line if I keep going the way I do. Because of what I eat I’m missing out on everything in life.”
He confessed to struggling with his weight since childhood, indulging in late-night fridge raids even as a toddler.
“I was only about three or four,’ he said. ‘I would just eat anything out of the cupboards.”
His weight soon doubled from 30 stone to 65, leaving him unable to work. Mr Thompson spent the last few years in and out of hospital, where he was treated for a range of ailments including septicemia.
Thompson died just weeks after vowing to shed weight after being ‘touched’ by the outpouring of sympathy he received since sharing his story.
Unlike Paul Mason – previously Britain’s heaviest man at 70 stone before losing 48 stone after gastric band surgery – Mr Thompson did not want to undergo an operation.
He said: “I don’t want a gastric band, they’re dangerous. I’d like the help of a dietician and a psychiatrist to help shift the weight. I will go anywhere which will help me lose weight. It’s taken over my life. I can’t move, and it’s time for that to end.”
Kent Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.
Source : www.dailymail.co.uk