World's tallest woman dies in China

2012-12-05 14:13
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The "world's shortest man"

A 72-year-old Nepali has been crowned the "world's shortest man" by Guinness World Records at just 54.6cm tall.

Beijing - A Chinese woman who was certified as the tallest in the world has died, an official from her hometown said on Wednesday.

Yao Defen, of eastern China's Anhui province, was listed as the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, when she stood 2.33m high, according to the record compiler's website.

"Yao Defen died in the middle of last month," a spokesperson for the government of Shucha township, where Yao lived, told AFP by telephone.

The official, who refused to give his name, said that he was not certain of the cause of her death.

Yao, recorded as the third tallest woman who ever lived, was 40 when she died. Her gigantism was reportedly due to a tumour in her pituitary gland.

An Anhui newspaper reported that she died on 13 November, having reached a height of 2.36m, adding that she was already more than 2m tall when she was 15.

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