Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest man in the United States, died last Friday of heart disease, as his mother announced on Facebook.
The man was 38 years old and resided in the state of Minnesota.
American of Ukrainian origin, Vovkovinskiy He went through a type of cancer as a boy that triggered an excessive production of growth hormones.
This situation led his family to settle in those years in Rochester, a city in the northern United States known for its good health centers.
Overcome your basic illness, Igor Vovkovinskiy continued to grow until reaching a record height in the United States of 2.34 meters.
Igor Vovkovinskiy reached an extreme measure for an abnormal behavior of his growth hormones Photo AP.
This measurement was certified by the Guinness Book of Records staff when he was 27 years old.
Igor Vovkovinskiy’s minutes of fame
Igor’s story has long been known and had its moments of fame. During the 2013 edition of Eurovision Song Contest, Igor Vovkovinskiy carried the singer who represented Ukraine to the stage.
Before that, in 2009, he achieved notoriety when Barack Obama noticed her presence during a well-attended meeting.
That day Igor wore a T-shirt that said “The World’s Greatest Obama Supporter” and towered over the crowd of assembled sympathizers. Upon being identified, he exchanged a handshake with the then president of the United States.
Then-President Barack Obama greeted Igor Vovkovinskiy AP Photo.
The tallest men in the world
According to the Guinness Book, the height of Igor Vovkovinskiy it has already been overcome.
Currently the most extreme brand would be Turkish Sultan Kösen, with a height of 2.51 meters.
According to the information of the Guinness site, in 2009 he obtained that distinction when it was found that his height reached 2.43 meters in height. A number that had not been recorded in 20 years.
In fact, Guinness World Records only knows of ten confirmed or reliable cases in history that reach 2.43 meters or more in height.
Two years later, Kösen was measured again in Ankara, Turkey, by which time he had grown to a staggering 10 inches tall.
But the tallest man in modern history has been an American, Robert Wadlow, who reached the height of 2.72 meters and a weight of 222 kilograms. He also suffered from abnormally high production of growth hormones, and died in 1940 at just 22 years old.
Wadlow was also known as Alton giant, translated as the alton giant.
Igor Vovkovinskiy was 2.34 meters tall Photo EFE / ANDY BLENKUSH,
His health issue was detected in his early years and determined his quality of life. At age five, she reached a height of 1.69, which is the average height for an adult woman. When he entered elementary school, he had to wear clothes with a size for adolescents and a special desk was set up for him.
From there, the size started to give him trouble. He needed splints to be able to walk and had lost feeling in his limbs.
In 1986, a life-size statue of Wadlow was erected in his honor on Alton College Avenue, across from the Alton Museum of Art and History, in his hometown. Another statue of him is located in the Guiness Museum in Niagara Falls in Canada.
With information from AFP