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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

 
World's tallest woman dies in China
Published: Dec. 5, 2012
SHANGHAI, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The tallest woman in the world, China's Yao Defen, has died at the age of 40, her family said.

The 7-foot-8-inch Yao passed away in the house she shared with her mother in a small village in central Anhui Province, Shanghaiist reported Wednesday.

Yao's gigantism was caused by a tumor on her pituitary gland.
By the age of 15, she was already over 6 feet tall and her family hoped she would have a successful career as a basketball player but her massive frame made that impossible.

Instead, Yao found work in a circus freak show that toured the country.

There was no word on the exact cause of Yao's death. A neighbor said her mother found her lying in her bed not breathing..
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/12/05/Worlds-tallest-woman-dies-in-China/UPI-77331354712434/#ixzz2EBZE8q2u


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