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World’s Tallest Woman, Yao Defen Is Dead: Died In China @ Age 39

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Dec 7, 2012 – World’s Tallest Woman,Yao Defen Is Dead: Died In China @ Age 39

The tallest woman in the world, Yao Defen who lives in Zhucheng in China has died.

Yao Defen of height 7ft 8in gave up the ghost on the 13th of November, 2012 in her hometown at the age of 39.

At age 15, Yao developed gigantism as a result of a tumour growing in her pituitary gland. At 15 years of age, she stood at least 2 metres tall.

She fainted on a basketball court while playing for her school and had to be rushed to the hospital where she underwent a medical exam that led to the discovery of the tumour.

The tumour which caused the release of excessive growth hormones in her bones was successfully removed in 2006 and she stopped growing.

In 2007, the tumour returned but her poor family could not afford the expensive surgery.

According to a neighbour, on the day of her death, her mother rushed out of the house to call for help.

The neighbour identified as Zhang said at 9am in the morning, Yao’s widowed mother shouted for help.

“People immediately rushed over to their home. I saw Yao lying on the bed – she wasn’t breathing…Later, her sister arrived and the doctor soon confirmed her death. Her sad mother cried then fainted.

May her soul rest in peace!

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  1. Obembe Olusola

    December 7, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    The tallest woman RIP.

  2. Taiwo Joshua Oguntuase

    December 7, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    World tallest woman, may her soul. R.I.P

  3. Taiwo Oguntuase

    December 7, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    World Tallest womam R.I.P

  4. statesman.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

  5. Akinkunmi Olasunkanmi Afeez

    December 7, 2012 at 7:43 AM


  6. Paschal Nnakwe

    December 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Aw May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace Amen.

  7. Olatunji Adeniyi

    December 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    May her soul rest in peace.

  8. Ij

    December 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    may her soul rest in peace

  9. Ruth U. Enwenede

    December 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    May your soul rest in peace.

  10. Nwajei Elizabeth C

    December 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    The news is shocking. May the Lord console you.

  11. Adelani

    December 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    very pathetic. May her soul RIP

  12. Sammie Omezi

    December 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    R.I.P yao defen.. World tallest woman

  13. Oluwafemi Amodu

    December 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM



    December 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM


  15. Victor Irhivwoba

    December 7, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Amen, rest in the LORD.

  16. Michael

    December 8, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    May her gentle soul rest in peace

  17. Ejykewayne

    December 8, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    R.I.P to the girl we used to see,her days’re over on earth..gud night yao!

  18. Oluwatomisin Oluwabunmilola

    December 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    May her soul rest in perfect peace.

  19. shamirra

    August 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    omg thass said I wish her family the best rip

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