The World’s Tallest Woman Yao Defen Died in China: The world’s tallest woman has died in Eastern China at the age of 39. According to  Chinese  media, Yao Defen died on Nov. 13 at her home in China’s eastern province of Anhui.

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

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Photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Yao Defen, right, who is 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters) tall poses for a photo with her elder brother in a hospital. The world’s tallest woman has died in eastern China. She was 39. (AP Photo / Xinhua, Wang Shilong, File)

The cause of death was not clearly given but said in a report that Yao Defen suffered from gigantism, with a tumor on her pituitary gland disrupting her levels of growth hormone. A government official Liu, confirmed Yao’s death on Wednesday.

In a Chinese-language video from three years ago, Yao expressed anguish at her unusual height. “I am very unhappy. Why am I this tall?” she said from her bed. “If I were not this tall, others would not look at me like this.”

Early Life: Yao Defen was born  (July 15, 1972 – November 13, 2012) to poor farmers in the town of Liuan in the Anhui province of Shucheng County. At birth she weighed 6.16 pounds. At the age of three years she was eating more than three times the amount of food that other three-year-old children were eating. When she was eleven years old she was about six feet, two inches tall. She was six feet nine inches tall by the age of fifteen years.

In 2009, the TLC cable TV network devoted a whole night’s show to her. She suffered from a fall in her home and had internal bleeding of the brain. She recovered and felt some happiness after a visit from China’s tallest man, Zhang Juncai.