facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

World's tallest woman dies in China

Dec. 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM   |   Comments

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..

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
16 weird world record holders, and attempts
1 of 19
Guinness Book of World Records Judge Kimberly Partrick inspects and certifies the world's largest chocolate bar, weighing in at 12,190 pounds and measuring 21-feet long, 4-feet wide and 3-feet high on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 in Chicago. The bar, made by Chicago-based World's Finest Chocolate, a leader in chocolate fundraising products, will tour schools across the United States as part of a portion-control education campaign called 'Think Big. Eat Smart.' UPI/Brian Kersey
| License Photo
Most Popular
1
Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide
2
Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies
3
Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father
4
New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley
5
Five men escape jail near Fresno, Calif. Five men escape jail near Fresno, Calif.
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback