- Nov 8, 2010
Yao Defen, the world's tallest woman, has died in China at age 39. Yao, whose height of 7 feet 7 inches was certified by Guinness World Records in 2010 as that of the tallest living woman, passed away in Anhui province on Nov. 13. No cause of death was released, but Yao's condition was caused by a tumor on her pituitary gland, which interfered with the natural release of growth hormones. By the age of 15, she was already 6 feet 7 inches, and her height made life difficult. In a video from three years ago, she lamented that she was "very unhappy" with her size and asked, "Why am I this tall?"