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Despite popular belief, Jabba the Hut did not die on his sand barge by the Sarlacc pit on Tatooine. If you remember the accounts of the fateful day, he was believed to be choked to death by the very chains that bound his entertainment, Princess Leia. But in fact, Jabba was just unconscious and his loyal assistant Salatious Crumb was able to remove the giant from the barge and to safety.
The only thing that saved Jabba from being choked to death was his extreme girth, especially around his neck. Jabba was happy that his size played a role in his survival, but shortly after this ordeal, Jabba became a recluse; hiding from all, even the Hut. Jabba became so concerned with his outward appearance, in particular his neck, that he took matters into his own hands.