The Tallest 'Living' Man In The US Dies At Age 38.

The Tallest 'Living' Man In The US Dies At Age 38.

According to his mother, Svetlana Vovkovska, Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest 'living' man in the United States according to Guinness World Records in 2010, died on August 20 at the age of 38.

Vovkovinskiy stood 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall, according to Guinness World Records.

He died in a hospital after suffering from heart disease, according to his mother Svetlana's Facebook post, with his mother and brother by his side. Just hours before his death, Vovkovinskiy was able to spend time with his brother's family and enjoy his last meal, which consisted of a piece of Kyiv cake and Fanta.

According to a TV episode he did on "The Dr. Oz Show" in 2010, Vovkovinskiy traveled from Ukraine to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1989 to treat a pituitary gigantism.

Guinness World Records officials measured Vovkovinskiy's height during that section and proclaimed him the new Tallest Living Man in America. According to Guinness, he was 27 years old at the time and broke the previous record holder, Virginia deputy sheriff George Bell, by a third of an inch. ​

After meeting former US President Barack Obama in 2009, he became well-known. Obama took notice of him after he wore a shirt with the words "World's Biggest Obama Supporter" embroidered on it.

"It feels good to finally have proof that I am the Tallest Man in America," said Vovkovinskiy in 2010. 

"Everyone is always asking me if I'm certain that I'm the tallest and I was never able to prove it. Now that I have this certificate to hang on my wall, I could finally show it!"

According to Guinness, he wore a shoe size 24 10-E before his death and struggled to squeeze into cars and find suitable shoes on a regular basis.

Sultan Kosen of Turkey, who stands at 8 feet, 2.8 inches tall, is the world's tallest living male, according to Guinness. Robert Pershing Wadlow holds the record for being the world's tallest man. He was 8 feet 11.1 inches tall and from Illinois. In 1940, he passed away. 

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