1,200 pound man dies

Lt. Col. Todd Catlow told NBC 10 News that the Rhode Island State Police provided an escort for Robert Butler to the Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland on Wednesday.

Robert Butler, a man who NBC 10 News featured in April when he was transported to Cranston by a crane from Providence, has died.

Lt. Col. Todd Catlow told NBC 10 that the Rhode Island State Police provided an escort for Butler to the Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland on Wednesday.

In April, Butler had been living at the Bannister House in Providence. During that time, it was announced the nursing home was $2 million in debt and closing down. All patients, including Butler, had to be moved to other facilities.

Butler, who weighed at least 1,200 pounds, was moved by a crane, then loaded onto a flatbed truck and taken down I-95 from Providence to Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston.

He also said that he was not happy at the Bannister House, noting that the care he was getting failed to meet his needs. {}

However, Michael Raia of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services said he was properly cared for. Raia also said the move was planned weeks before the Bannister House made its announcement.

"This is a patient with very complicated medical needs and it required a coordinated approach," Raia said in April. "His care and safety has been our top priority throughout this transport."

Butler told NBC 10 in 2006 he was trying to get gastric bypass surgery, but couldn't find a doctor to perform the operation.

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