Corrie Le Grange 450kg at time of death

Johannesburg - Corrie Le Grange, who ballooned to 450kg due to a medical condition, died at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, the Gauteng department of health confirmed.

''The Gauteng Department of Health sends condolences to the family and friends of Corrie Le Grange who succumbed to his unfortunate death in the early hours of this morning [Tuesday],'' spokesperson Steve Mabona said.

Le Grange battled to get to hospital when his health took a turn for the worse, with his weight making it difficult to get him into a vehicle to be taken to hospital.

He was allegedly turned away by 10 private hospitals because of his size, said Mabona.

Healthcare professionals at the hospital worked hard to give him a chance to live, Mabona added.

Le Grange was admitted to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit, but did not pull through, and died early on Tuesday morning.

Mabona said the health professionals looking after him, ''demonstrated their true dedication to applying measures for the benefit of the sick according to best abilities and judgment and to keep them from harm and injustice''.

'The department also conveys its condolences to the family for the loss believing Corrie was such a great person and he will live on in their memories forever.''

'Drowning in my own fluid'

Health24 earlier reported that Le Grange had been living like a recluse after dramatically gaining weight due to a condition named ascites.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, ascites is the result of high pressure in the blood vessels of the liver (portal hypertension) and low levels of a protein named albumin.

Le Grange said he was turned away from private hospitals because he did not have medical aid.

“I just want to know what’s wrong with me. My condition is deteriorating every day. I hardly eat a thing. The pressure of the fluid is so bad that the skin on my legs and feet is bursting. The fluid then runs out of the burst skin. I haven’t been in my kitchen for six months,” he said.

“I live in fear because I don’t know what’s wrong. I’m drowning in my own fluid.”

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