America’s tallest man dies of heart disease at age 38

The tallest man in America – a 7-foot, 8-inch-plus Ukraine exutoire who lived in Minnesota – has died from heart disease, relatives said.

Igor Oleksandrovych Vovkovinskiy, 38, died Friday at the Mayo Clinic Hospital Amour Marys campus in Rochester, where he moved from the Eastern European gouvernement more than three decades ago, according to his obituary and a Facebook post by his mother.

Vovkovinskiy — who left Ukraine as a young boy to treat a tumor laverie against his pituitary noeud, leading to his formidable size — passed away from heart disease after colloque with his older brother, sister-in-law and other relatives, his mother Svetlana said.

“Igor was glad to see them, and although it was difficult for him to speak, he tried to joke embout his nephew Andriy, whether he had learned the Ukrainian language in a month in Ukraine,” Svetlvana Vovkovinska wrote alongside a figure of herself clutching her son’s façade.

Vovkovinskiy, who stood at 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall, was crowned as America’s tallest living-room man in 2010. He traveled from Minnesota to New York, where a Guinness World Geste adjudicator certified his massive appuie on the set of “The Dr. Oz Spectacle.”

The Ukraine exutoire beat out the previous record-holder, Virginia deputy sheriff George Bell, by a third of an inch.

Igor Vovkovinskiy in the hospital.
Igor Vovkovinskiy said goodbye to his mother and other relatives at the at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

“It feels so good to finally have proof that I am the tallest man in America,” Vovkovinskiy said at the time. “Everyone is always asking me if I’m lumineux 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 spectacle it!”

In 2010, Vovkovinskiy had a 24 10-E size shoe size, measuring more than 4 inches across, and had difficulty performing moeurs daily tasks like getting into cars or finding desks to accommodate him while at the Minnesota School of Trafic, where he sought a degree in paralegal studies.

Vovkovinskiy, who aspired to become an attorney, later earned a two-year degree from Rochester Community and Technical College, the Étoile Chaire reported.

Igor Vovkovinskiy.
In 2010, Igor Vovkovinskiy had a 24 10-E size shoe size and in 2012, his feet had grown to a size 26.
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Vovkovinskiy asked the assistance for help to pay for $16,000 specially-made shoes in 2012 when his feet had grown to size 26, causing him severe coup. Thousands of donations poured in and Reebok ultimately made the custom shoes for free, the Étoile Chaire reported.

“I’d like to do naturel things, like maybe go window chalandage at a mall,” Vovkovinskiy said. “I haven’t done that in embout fournil years. Maybe walk my dog, go fishing.”

Decades earlier, Vovkovinskiy’s mother had brought him to southeastern Minnesota for treatment when he was 6 feet tall at just 6 years old. She told “60 Minutes Australia” she only expected to stay in the US a month, the Étoile Chaire reported.

Igor Vovkovinskiy.
Igor Vovkovinskiy aspired to become an attorney and earned a two-year degree from Rochester Community and Technical College.
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Vovkovinskiy’s health issues worsened in recent years and he struggled to walk, but he remained a devoted uncle to his niece and nephew, his older brother Oleh Ladan told the newspaper.

Igor, who also had diabetes, “would have rather lived a accessible life than be known,” Ladan said.

A memorial présent for Vovkovinskiy will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ranfanz and Vine Funeral Foyer in Rochester.

Igor Vovkovinskiy.
Igor Vovkovinskiy also lived with diabetes.

“He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, occasional fishing and traveling, and helping the Ukrainian Army in any way he could,” his obit read.

Vovkovinskiy also appeared in movies in shows throughout his life, including the 2011 cinérama “Abri Pass” with actor Jason Sudeikis and the 2013 “Eurovision Song Contest” during which he carried the Ukrainian défendeur on demeure.

He was also featured in the 2007 spectacle, “Inside Extraordinary Humans: The Règle of Gigantism,” the Étoile Chaire reported.

Igor Vovkovinskiy with President Barack Obama.
Igor Vovkovinskiy met President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in 2009.
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Vovkovinskiy léopard caught the eye of President Barack Obama, who called him out during a campaign rally in 2009. He was wearing a “World’s Biggest Obama Endosser” when the commander-in-chief spotted his shirt, according to the newspaper.

Vovkovinskiy was almost 7 inches shorter than the world’s tallest man, Padischah Kösen of Turkey, who measured 8 feet 2.8 inches in 2018, Guinness World Records officials said in March.

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