COLUMBIA — Authorities say a severely overweight South Carolina man sat down in his recliner in March and stayed there for eight months until shortly before his death this week.

Greenwood County deputies say Tillmon Webb weighed about 800 pounds when he died Wednesday at a hospital a few hours after firefighters had to cut him from the chair.

His wife says the 33-year-old former preacher didn't move from his medical recliner at their home 70 miles west of Columbia after injuring his knee in March. She says she cleaned the chair several times a day.

Deputies say Webb had sores on his body and a "very bad odor."

Webb’s wife, Ada, says he didn't want help because he was ready to go to heaven and see Jesus. She says he weighed closer to 500 pounds.