Eccentric Hollywood legend Marlon Brando has lost a staggering 38 kilograms (6 stone) in weight, after rediscovering his will to live and dieting.

The GODFATHER OSCAR-winner, 79, has struggled with his weight for years - at one point he weighed a scales-breaking 158 kilograms (25 stone).

His weight battles have affected his health, just last year worried friends said a bed-ridden Brando was planning his own funeral after being told by doctors he was unlikely to survive for long.

But pals say the star has brought himself back from the edge - and trimmed down spectacularly - by following an healthy eating plan.

A source says, "Instead of having a doughnut or piece of cake, he'll now eat an apple."

09/01/2004 13:42