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America’s tallest man dies at age 38

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Washington (AFP) – The tallest man in America — he stood 7 feet 8 inches (2.35 meters) — has died of a heart problem at the age of 38, his mother said on Facebook. Ukrainian-born Igor Vovkovinskiy had a condition called pituitary gigantism that caused excessive secretion of growth hormone. His mother, who said her son died Friday in Minnesota, had brought him from their home in Ukraine in 1989 to get medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic in the northern US state.  Two surgeries saved his life but failed to stop his growth. At age 27, Guinness World Records declared Vovkovinskiy the tallest pe…

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