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28.10.2008 International

World's Fattest Man Marries

By Daily Guide

THE world's heaviest man has got married – but stayed clear of his wedding cake. Manuel Uribe, who has not left his bed in six years, married his longtime girlfriend Claudia Solis yesterday.

Wearing a white silk shirt with a sheet wrapped around his legs, Uribe smiled as Solis, 38, walked down a flight of stairs wearing a strapless ivory dress, a tiara and hot-pink lipstick.

He later broke into tears as a notary declared the couple husband and wife in a civil ceremony in northern Mexico attended by more than 400 guests.

For the traditional first dance as newlyweds, Uribe and Solis held hands and swayed to a romantic ballad.

A popular local band played accordion-heavy tunes at the reception, which featured a banquet of meat and buttered vegetables.

Uribe's mother, Orquedia Garza, said the groom steered clear of the five-tier wedding cake.

“He didn't break his diet,” she said.

“His doctors are here and they are watching him very closely.”

The wedding will be featured in an upcoming Discovery Channel documentary on Uribe, the 43-year-old former mechanic said.

“I have a wife and will form a new family and live a happy life,” he told reporters earlier as they followed him through the streets of Monterrey.

A flatbed truck was brought in to tow Uribe's on a specially reinforced four-poster bed bed decorated with a canopy, flowers and gold-trimmed bows to the wedding at a local hall.

Two police patrol cars escorted him ahead of a long line of traffic.

Uribe tipped the scales in 2006 at 1,230lb (560kg), earning him the Guinness World Record as the world's heaviest man.

He has since shed around 550lb (250kg) with the help of Solis, who he met four years ago.

Uribe said he's gunning for a new title: world's greatest weight loser.