World's tallest woman dies in China

1:58 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
Yao Defen and her brother in 2006 (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Shilong, File)
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BEIJING -- The world's tallest woman has died in eastern China. She was 39.

Chinese state media say Yao Defen died Nov. 11 at her home in China's eastern province of Anhui.

In January 2010, Guinness World Records had Yao certified as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches.

The Xin'an Evening News did not give the cause of death but said in a report that Yao suffered from gigantism, with a tumor on her pituitary glad disrupting her levels of growth hormone.

A government official in her country confirmed Yao's death.

The Xin'an newspaper said Yao was an avid basketball player when she was young, and that she was 6 feet and 7 inches tall by age 15.

(Didi Tang, Associated Press)

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