Yao Defen, the world’s tallest woman, dies at 39

Yao Defen, the world’s tallest woman at 7’7", has died.

Yao Defen,  the world’s tallest woman at 7’7", has died.


The Associated Press, via the Philippine Star, reports Yao died at her home in China’s Anhui province last month. Her death was confirmed on Wednesday by a local government official, the report said. It is not clear what she died of, but the report said a tumor on her pituitary gland disrupted the levels of growth hormone in her body.


Guinness World Records recognized her as the world’s tallest living woman in 2010. According to the report, Yao lamented her unusual height. "I am very unhappy. Why am I this tall?," she reportedly said in a Chinese-language video three years ago.


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