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World's tallest woman dies at 39

The world's tallest woman has died in China at the age of 39.

Official state media said Yao Defen died on November 11 at her home in the eastern province of Anhui.

Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 cms).

No cause of death was given but she suffered from gigantism, with a tumour on her pituitary gland disrupting her levels of growth hormone.

Yao was an keen basketball player when young, and that she was 6 feet and 7 inches (200 cms) by the age of 15.

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