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Tallest man in America dies at age 38

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Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest man in the US, has died in Minnesota at age 38.

The tallest man in America — he stood 7 feet 8 inches (2.35 meters) — has died of a heart problem according to his mother’s post on Facebook.

Vovkovinskiy 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 tallest man in the US at 7ft 8.33in (2.35m) and ended up staying in Rochester.

His mother, Svetlana Vovkovinska, an ICU nurse at Mayo, had told news correspondents that Vovkovinskiy had two surgeries that saved his life but failed to stop his growth.

At age 27, Guinness World Records declared Vovkovinskiy the tallest person in America.

According to Guinness World Records, the tallest man in the world is Sultan Kösen, from Turkey. In 2016, he was measured at more than 8ft 2in.

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