It has been reported that Yao Defen, who was 7 feet and 8 inches tall (2.36 meters) has died. She thus was the tallest woman living till her death a month ago.
Yao Defen and her friend sit at the entrance of her home in Shu Cha in eastern China's Anhui province in 2006 [Photo: Reuters]
Weighing 31 stones (200 kg) with a shoe size of 26, reportedly died on the morning of November 13 in her hometown of Zhucheng, eastern China.
Born in 1972, Yao developed gigantism due to a tumour on her pituitary gland. By the age of 15, she stood at over two metres tall. While playing for her school’s basketball team, she fainted on court and had to undergo a medical examination. Doctors then discovered the tumour, which was releasing too much growth hormone and causing excessive growth in her bones.
In 2006, it was removed and Yao finally stopped growing. The tumour returned the following year but her family couldn't afford further surgery.