Egyptian Eman Ahmed, dubbed the world’s heaviest woman, died today at an Abu Dhabi hospital, merely a week after she turned 37.

A statement from Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi said Eman Abdul Atti died at 4.35am local time on Monday.

Doctors described her death as being due to complications from her weight , including heart disease and kidney dysfunction.

The hospital said: “Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”

At one point, Ms Atti reportedly weighed around 78.5 stone (1,100lb/500kg). Doctors blamed her weight on a thyroid condition.

Ms Atti arrived in the UAE in May, receiving care from a team of 20 doctors at Burjeel Hospital.

She had earlier received medical treatment in India and underwent surgery which saw her lose some 47 stone (660lb/300kg).