Record holder for tallest man in the US dies at 38

Igor Vovkovinskiy said to be the tallest man in the US died on Friday at the age of 38, his mother Svetlana Vovkovinska confirmed. He has been crowned the tallest living man in the US by Guinness World Records in 2010.  He was at 7 feet and 8.33 inches, by Guinness records.  He died in a hospital from heart disease with his mom and brother by his side, according to a Facebook post by Svetlana. Just hours before his death, Vovkovinskiy was able to spend time with his brother’s family and had his last dinner, which was a piece of Kyiv cake and Fanta, his mother said.

At the age of 27, he was declared the US’s tallest living person by the Guinness World Records. The announcement was made during a segment of The Dr. Oz Show in 2010. 

“It feels good to finally have proof that I am the tallest man in America. Everyone is always asking me if I’m certain that I’m the tallest and I was never able to prove it. Now that I have this certificate to hang on my wall, I could finally show it!” Vovkovinskiy said in 2010.

Vovkovinskiy moved from Ukraine to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1989, for medical treatment, according to his Facebook page. He was born with pituitary gigantism, according to a TV segment he did on “The Dr. Oz Show” in 2010.

During that segment, Guinness World Record officials measured Vovkovinskiy’s height and crowned him the new Tallest Living Man in America.

He wore a shoe size 24 10-E, said Guinness, and faced daily challenges of fitting into cars and finding comfortable shoes.

Sultan Kösen from Turkey became the tallest man in the world in 2016, according to the Guinness World Records. He is said to be more than 8ft 2in tall. The tallest person to be ever recorded was Robert Pershing Wadlow, from Illinois at 8ft 11in.