Britain's fattest man dies of sepsis and organ failure: Friends pay tribute to 'great lad'

Britain's fattest man dies of sepsis and organ failure: Friends pay tribute to 'great lad'

Britain’s fattest man who weighed 55 stone dies aged 37: Friends pay tribute to ‘great lad’ who ‘died of sepsis and organ failure’ after return to hospital

A man thought to be the most overweight in Britain has tragically died at the age of 37 of organ failure and sepsis after being admitted to hospital.

Matthew Crawford weighed 55 stone at his heaviest and has hit headlines in recent years after taking up four hospital beds in the NHS for 18 months due to a lack of social care at home.

Friends have paid tributes to him online as a ‘great lad’ who is ‘with his father now’.

Nicknamed ‘Fatkid’, his friends reminisced about their time with Mr Crawford in years gone by, with one writing: ‘Sad news I’ve not seen him in years. Quite a lot younger than us If I remember rightly. RIP.’

The Lincoln City supporter died last week aged 37 according to friends on social media. Tributes rushed in to the ‘great lad’ from friends and family who were shocked by his sudden death

Another wrote: I”m actually in shock rest in peace matt now your with your dad causing havoc up there just like you use to do. Guna [sic] miss you buddy.’

A third friend said:’Sorry to hear this sad news Matt was a great lad.’

He was admitted to The King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, in May 2018, and is thought to have cost the NHS up to £7,000 a week during his extended stay.

For much of that time he had been declared medically fit to leave, but was unable to be discharged due to a lack of appropriate social care being available. 

An NHS source at the time told The Mirror: ­’Everybody is sick to the back teeth with the situation and it’s about time it was exposed.

‘There’s nothing medically wrong with Matt now but we’re powerless to get rid of him.’

Mr Crawford was admitted to hospital in May 2018 with sepsis, and stayed for 18 months despite being medically fit enough to leave due to a lack of social care space for him

Mr Crawford was admitted to hospital in May 2018 with sepsis, and stayed for 18 months despite being medically fit enough to leave due to a lack of social care space for him

He was known for posting photos of himself after he left hospital and was moved to a 'more appropriate setting'

He was known for posting photos of himself after he left hospital and was moved to a ‘more appropriate setting’

‘There’s space for four people who need to be on the ward being taken up by one bloke who doesn’t.’

Mr Crawford also had to be moved to a separate area of the hospital after staff learned he had a previous conviction for attacking four nurses at a care home he was living in.

But his mother Linda denied reports circulating in the media at the time which claimed he was regularly ordering takeaways from his hospital bed. 

A year later he was finally able to move to a more ‘appropriate’ setting in December 2019. 

A spokesperson for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust said at the time: ‘While we are not able to comment on the care of individual patients for reasons of confidentiality, we can confirm that Mr Crawford is no longer in the care of Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

He took up the space of four NHS beds and had to be moved units due to a prior conviction of attacking nurses in a care home

He took up the space of four NHS beds and had to be moved units due to a prior conviction of attacking nurses in a care home

During his extended stay in 2018 Mr Crawford even shared images on social media of him drinking champagne from his hospital bed

During his extended stay in 2018 Mr Crawford even shared images on social media of him drinking champagne from his hospital bed

‘We are pleased for all concerned that he is now in a more appropriate setting.’

The Lincoln City supporter had previously used his social media platforms to hit back at critics and respond to claims he was using his benefits to order takeaways from his hospital bed.

He wrote: ‘If you all knew the truth you would think different.’

After his release it was believed he had joined Slimming World, but it is unclear whether he had lost weight since this period in hospital.

Mr Crawford is believed to have been Britain’s fattest man at the time of his death after 52-year-old Barry Austin, a Birmingham cab driver who had previously held the title, died last January 

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Elizabeth Haigh

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