According to western researchers, the average age-adjusted height for American men 20 years and older is 5 feet 9 inches tall. And the average height of an American female over 20 years of age is 5 feet 3.5 inches tall. The people in this post is anything but average and for more than their seemingly gigantic proportions. They may be big but they are also talented, charismatic, and extremely inspirational… And if you think giants couldn’t possibly exist – think again!
15. Sultan Kösen
Sultan Kösen of Turkey current holds the record as the tallest living man in the world. He reached a height of 8′ 2.8″ before having surgery to have his pituitary gland removed in 2010, when his growth stopped.
14. Igor Vovkovinskiy
Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest man in the United States, has died. He was 38. His family said he died of heart disease on Friday. He came to the Mayo Clinic in 1989 as a child seeking treatment. A tumor pressing against his pituitary gland caused it to secrete abnormal levels of growth hormone. He grew to become the tallestMan in the U.S. at 7 feet, 8.33 inches.
13. Sun MingMing
Sun Mingming and Xu Yan have been certified as the world’s tallest married couple. Sun is 7-feet, 9-inches tall, while Xu is just shy of 6-feet. The pair married two years ago in Beijing, and both are athletes. Sun, 33, plays basketball, while his 29-year-old wife is a handball player.
12. Yao Defen
Yao Defen was a Chinese woman who, like many who grow incredibly tall, had a tumor in her pituitary gland. She was 7’8” tall and lived to be 40 years old.
11. Neil Fingleton
The 7ft 7in star played Mag the Mighty in the fantasy series. He also took on roles in X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending. According to reports, he passed away following heart failure on Saturday. Tributes have started appearing on social media.
10. Andre The Giant
Andre the Giant was perhaps known to most for his role in The Princess Bride; however, he was a wrestler long before that. In 1987, he drew the largest crowd for a wrestling match to date with 90,000 people in attendance when he wrestled Hulk Hogan at the Silver Dome. He was 7′ 4″ tall and weighed 500 lbs.
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