Rosalie Bradford, who held Guinness record for being the world's heaviest woman, has died, according to a media report. She was 63.
Bradford died on Wednesday at Lakeland Regional Medical Centre. She weighed 473 kilograms in January 1987, according to the 1994 Guinness Book of Records. She lost 331 kilograms to weigh 141 kilograms in September 1992, according to the record book.
Publicist Stephen Nortier told the Lakeland Ledger that she was at around 180 kilograms at the time she died. He said the cause of death will not be known until a medical examiner's report, but Bradford has spent the last year bedridden with complications from having her lymph nodes severed years ago.
At her largest, Bradfrod was 8-feet wide and took 90 minutes to bathe.
She credited fitness guru and television personality Richard Simmons with helping her lose weight. The two began corresponding after Bradford's friend wrote Simmons when she tried to commit suicide.
Bradford blamed her lifelong battle with obesity on abandonment, which bred a food addiction. Her website claims her peak weight was more than 540 kilograms.
"I was just like an addict - lie, cheat, steal, whatever to get my drug of choice. And my drug of choice was food," Bradford said in a 1999 interview.