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Jon Brower Minnoch

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Jon Minnoch

On the left, Jon Brower Minnoch smiling while looking at something and holding a spoon while wearing a polo shirt and pants. On the right is the same person looking at someone, while holding his bottom wear, and topless

September 29, 1941 (age 41) (
Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.

Known for
Heaviest person ever recorded

185 cm (6.07 ft; 73 in)

635 kg (1,400 lb; 100.0 st) (1978 estimate)

Jeannette Minnoch (m. 1978–1983)

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September 10, 1983 (aged 41), Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

Jon Brower Minnoch (September 29, 1941 – September 10, 1983) was an American man who, at his peak weight, was the heaviest human being ever recorded, weighing approximately 1,400 lb (635 kilograms; 100 stone). This figure was only a close estimation because his extreme size, declining health, and lack of mobility prevented use of a scale.


Jon Brower Minnoch smiling while looking at something and holding a spoon while wearing a polo shirt and pants.

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Early life

Jon Brower Minnoch with a tight-lipped smile while wearing shoes, a checkered long sleeve, and dangri suit

At the age of 12, Minnoch weighed 294 lb (133 kilograms; 21.0 stone), and by age 22 he was 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) in height and weighed 392 lb (178 kilograms; 28.0 stone).


Minnoch's weight continued to increase steadily until his hospitalization in March 1978 at age 36 due to cardiac and respiratory failure. That same year, he broke a record for the greatest difference in weight between a married couple when he married his 110-lb (50 kg) wife Jeannette and later fathered two children. Minnoch was diagnosed with massive generalized edema, a condition in which the body accumulates excess extracellular fluid. Upon his hospital admission, it was estimated by endocrinologist Dr. Robert Schwartz that over 900 lbs (408 kg) of his overall body mass was retained fluid.

Transportation for Minnoch was extremely difficult. It took over a dozen firemen and rescue personnel and a specially modified stretcher to transport him to University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. There, he was placed on two beds pushed together, and it took 13 people to simply roll him over for linen changes.


He was discharged from the hospital after 16 months on a strict diet of 1,200 kcal (5,000 kJ) per day. He weighed 476 lb (216 kg; 34.0 st), having lost approximately 924 lb (419 kg; 66.0 st), the largest human weight loss ever documented. However, he was readmitted to the hospital just over a year later in October 1981, after his weight increased to 952 lb (432 kg; 68.0 st). With his underlying condition of edema being incurable and difficult to treat, the decision was made to discontinue treatment, and he died 23 months later on September 10, 1983, aged 41. At the time of his death, he weighed 798 lb (362 kg; 57.0 st) with a Body Mass Index of 105.3.


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