A pair of 400-pound athletes who died young

October 12, 2013 

Heavyweight wrestlers Tab Thacker of N.C. State and Chris Taylor of Iowa State are two of the best-known 400-pound athletes – and both died relatively young from weight-related complications.

Thacker, 6-foot-5, 447 pounds, won an NCAA heavyweight wrestling title in 1984. He had a 92-11-1 record during his collegiate career and won four ACC championships.

The 6-5 Taylor weighed 412 pounds at the 1972 Olympics. He won two NCAA wrestling titles and was an Olympic silver medalist.

Thacker eventually had a foot and later both legs amputated after developing diabetes. He died at age 45.

Taylor died at age 29 from complications of phlebitis, kidney failure and hepatitis.

Tim Stevens

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