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Robert Wadlow the world’s tallest man to ever live

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Robert Wadlow the world’s tallest man to ever live

Robert Wadlow (1918-40) was an American man also known as the “Giant of Illinois” or “Alton Giant” was the world’s tallest man ever recorded. At the time of his death he was 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) tall and weighed 199 kg.

Robert_Wadlow with his father image source - Wikipedia
Robert_Wadlow with his father
image source – Wikipedia

He was born on 22 February 1918 in Alton, Illinois. He was born as a normal baby but his growth was faster than any of the other children. In his school the school had to make a special desk according to his size. At the age of 8 he was 6 feet tall about 1/2 inch taller than his father.

At the age of 18 he was 8 feet 4 in tall after finishing his elementary school he went to Shurtleff College to study law. Because of his huge size he had to face some problems he required leg braces to walk however, he never used a wheelchair.

Robert Wadlow Shaquille o'neal -reddit
Shaquille O’neal next to Robert Wadlow’s statue image source – reddit

In 1936 he became a famous celebrity because of his US tour with the Ringling Brothers Circus. He also promoted shoes of International Shoe Company (known as INTERCO since 1966).
He continued to tour till his health started to deteriorate. Robert had great physical strength till the last year of his life when his health condition started getting severe.

Robert’s Statue in Alton image source -tripadvisor

His unusual height was because of Hyperplasia of pituitary gland which caused the higher secretion of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) his growth didn’t stop till his death. His ankle was injured due to a faulty brace which infected him Doctors tried their best to treat him but his condition worsened he later died in his sleep on 15 July 1940 at the Age of 22.

After his death a statue of his real life size model was erected on College Avenue in Alton in 1986. Total six realistic models were made according to his real life size by artist James Butler. One other is present at Marvin’s Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Some of his other statues also exist at various places.

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