Britain’s former fattest man Barry Austin dies aged 52, family pay heartbreaking tribute

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January 2, 2021, 7:06 p.m.

Barry Austin was once seen in the Sky One documentary Inside Britain’s Fattest Man. Photo / sky

A man once dubbed Britain’s fattest man has died at the age of 52.

Former taxi driver Barry Austin starred in the Sky One documentary Inside Britain’s Fattest Man, which revealed that he drank 12 liters of soda a day and burned 29,000 calories.

Austin’s lifestyle increased his weight to a whopping 412 kg.

After appearing on the show, he lost 150 pounds after health problems and reduced his daily caloric intake to 1,500.

Barry Austin was once seen in the Sky One documentary Inside Britain's Fattest Man.  Photo / skyBarry Austin was once seen in the Sky One documentary Inside Britain’s Fattest Man. Photo / sky

His lifestyle resulted in a number of health problems, including difficulty breathing, and he had a number of infections.

Before his death, Austin was known for drinking up to 40 pints of beer and bottles of liquor in one evening.

He was known as “Fat Baz” and had his own column in a boys’ magazine.

Former Britain's fattest man, Barry Austin, has died at the age of 52.  Photo / deliveryFormer Britain’s fattest man, Barry Austin, has died at the age of 52. Photo / delivery

A loud and proud football fan from Birmingham City, he had his own chair at St. Andrew’s Stadium in 1997.

His heartbreaking daughter, Dannie Louise, paid tribute online, saying he was a brilliant father and her world collapsed.

“Totally heartbroken is the only word I can say about how I feel right now.

Rest in paradise for the great man of my life, my father Barry Grizzly Austin.

Barry Austin was on a mission to become Britain's fattest man and ate thousands of calories a day to claim the title.  Austin then appeared on a German TV show.  Photo / German televisionBarry Austin was on a mission to become Britain’s fattest man and ate thousands of calories a day to claim the title. Austin then appeared on a German TV show. Photo / German television

“I loved you like you and how we treated each other.

“You were the type of father who was always there no matter what. We had our ups and downs, but can honestly say that I never loved you any other way.

“Either way, you will be difficult to deal with when you are gone.

“To see my mother for who she is – terrible. The whole family just collapsed.”

A Birmingham City spokesperson tweeted: “We are saddened to hear the death of lifelong bluenose Barry Austin.

“His love for the blues was undeniable. May you rest in peace, Baz.”

One City fan wrote, “RIP big Barry Austin. Sad news for the start of the year. KRO boy, fly up.”

Austin leaves behind his daughter and wife, Debbie.

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