800 Lb Man dies in Conn. Body removed by PayLoader

Posted: May 13, 2010 by JDM aka JACKIE SPEAKS in RANDOM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Connecticut authorities say they had to tear down walls at a Bridgeport apartment building and use a payloader to remove the body of a man who weighed at least 800 pounds.

Officials say 35-year-old Alexandros Martakis died of natural causes Tuesday. Bridgeport Assistant Fire Chief Robert McLeod said Martakis weighed “close to half a ton,” but others say he was about 800 pounds.

The removal effort by police and firefighters took several hours Wednesday. Officials removed an interior wall in Martakis’ second-floor apartment and part of an exterior wall. The payloader lowered his body, which was covered with a blanket, to the street.

Neighbors called it a sad situation. The building’s owner says Martakis’ 10-year-old son was home when his father died.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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