DEAD: Zeng Jinlian


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.


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