Tallest man in US dies
ROCHESTER: Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest man in the United States, has died in Minnesota aged 38.
His family says the Ukrainian-born Vovkovinskiy died of heart disease on Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
His mother, Svetlana Vovkovinska, an ICU nurse at Mayo, initially posted about his death on Facebook. Vovkovinskiy went to the Mayo Clinic in 1989 as a child seeking treatment. A tumour pressing against his pituitary gland caused it to secrete abnormal levels of growth hormone. He grew to become the tallest man in the US at two metres, 34.5 centimetres.
His older brother, Oleh Ladan of Brooklyn Park, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that Vovkovinskiy was a celebrity when he arrived from Ukraine because of his size and the flickering Cold War of the late 1980s.
But Ladan said Vovkovinskiy ‘‘would have rather lived a normal life than be known’’.
When he was 27, Vovkovinskiy travelled to New York City and was declared America’s tallest living person by a Guinness World Records adjudicator on The Dr Oz Show.