Britain’ fattest man – who weighed 65 stone aged 33 – 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 yesterday morning, 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.
Last night 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.
In the weeks before he died their best customer had been reducing the number of dishes he bought to lose weight.
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 and begged for help to lose weight, saying he wanted to do it naturally rather than using a gastric band.
When his mother died of a brain tumour in 2012, Mr Thompson turned to junk food as a means of coping with his grief – despite already being obese.
His weight went from 30 stone to 65 in three years, leaving him unable to care for himself.
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 he had delivered to his door and claimed to have spent £10 a day on chocolate – relying on state handouts for money.
Unable to walk or even dress himself, he was bathed and cooked for by a team of NHS carers.
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.
While Mr Thompson attributed most of his weight gain to the death of his mother, he admitted he had always ‘loved’ food.
Last month he made a public appeal for help to overcome his problem after tipping the scales as Britain’s fattest man – and 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.’
Unable to leave the house to go food shopping, the 33-year-old lived on Chinese takeaways and pizzas that he had delivered to his door.
He also claimed to have spent £10 a day on chocolate, relying on benefits to pay for his junk food.
While Mr Thompson attributed most of his weight gain to the death of his mother, he admitted that he had always ‘loved’ food.
‘I was only about three or four and no one knew why I did it. I would just eat anything out of the cupboards,’ he said.
When his mother died of a brain tumour in 2012, he turned to unhealthy food as a means of coping with his grief.
His weight soon doubled from 30stone 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.