Robert Wadlow was the tallest man to ever walk on earth.

Robert Pershing Wadlow was born on February 22, 1918 in Alton, Illinois, USA.

By his first birthday, he was 20 kg and 3 feet, 3.5 inches tall.

By his eighth birthday, he had exceeded his father’s height of 5 feet, 11 inches.

At 13, he became the world’s tallest Boy Scout at 7 feet, 4 inches.

By the time he graduated high school, he was 8 feet, 4 inches tall.

Doctors eventually diagnosed young Robert with hyperplasia of the pituitary gland, a condition that caused rapid and excessive growth due to an abnormally high level of human growth hormones in the body.

Due to his extreme height, he could not walk properly. He refused to use a wheelchair throughout his short life.

On July 15, 1940, Robert Wadlow died in his sleep. Eighteen days prior, he had been measured for the final time, clocking in at 8 feet, 11.1 inches. His body was laid to rest in a casket fit for the giant, reaching a length of 10 feet, 9 inches, and weighing 454 kg. It took twelve men to carry it out of the funeral, supported by eight assistants.

He was just 22 years old when he died.

Even at the time of his death, his body was continuing to grow and had shown no signs of slowing down.


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