DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Zeng Jinlian (aged 17)
Chinese giant (tallest female)
Zeng Jinlian (June 26, 1964 – February 13, 1982) was the tallest modernly verified female person, taking over Jane Bunford’s record. In the year between Don Koehler’s death and her own, she surpassed fellow “eight-footers” Gabriel Estêvão Monjane and Suleiman Ali Nashnush.
DEATH: She also suffered from a tumour. She said it caused her pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone. Prior to her death, Allen had been hospitalized with a recurring blood infection, diabetes, breathing troubles and kidney failure, according to a family friend, Rita Rose.