Man 'too fat' for normal burial
Johannesburg - Members of a Pretoria family have appealed to the government and public for help in burying a relative who is "too fat" for a normal burial.
Eyewitness News reported that Chris Labuschagne died of an undisclosed illness at Kalafong Hospital. He was morbidly obese and weighed around 550kg.
The fire department was called in last week to help move him to Kalafong from his home in Pretoria West.
But now his family is struggling to bury him, saying they can't afford it.
Labuschagne's body was transferred to a cold storage room at the George Mukhari Hospital as the corpse was too large for the hospital mortuary.
The body is too large for cremation and to bury him will cost R4 000 as a double coffin is needed.
An uncle said a crane was needed to move him.