Obese man dies after 8 months in home recliner

November 20, 2009 8:12:47 AM PST
Authorities say a severely overweight South Carolina man stayed in his recliner without moving for eight months until shortly before his death. Firefighters had to cut Tillmon Webb from the chair after his mother called paramedics because he was in pain. Greenwood County deputies say the 33-year-old weighed about 800 pounds when he died Wednesday at a hospital.

Webb's wife, Ada, says he died of a heart attack. She says the former preacher injured his knee in March and then stayed in his power recliner at home 70 miles west of Columbia. She says she cleaned the chair daily.

Deputies say Webb had sores on his body and a "very bad odor."

Webb's wife says he didn't want help because he was ready to go to heaven and see Jesus. She says he weighed closer to 500 pounds.


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