World’s tallest man dies in Ukraine

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UKRAINE’S tallest man, who briefly held the world record but gave it up to live as a recluse, has died due to complications from the condition that saw him never stop growing.

Leonid Stadnyk, 44, reached almost 2.60 metres (eight foot five inches) due to a tumorous gland that continued to secrete growth hormones throughout his life.

Over height ... Leonid Stadnik, who was named the world’s tallest man in 2007, has died fLeonid Stadnik, who was named the world’s tallest man in 2007, has died from medical complications. Picture: AP

Stadnyk died on Sunday of a cerebral haemorrhage, Ukraine media said.

 Ukrainian veterinarian, Leonid Stadnik, 2.59 meter (8,5 feet) tall, the world's tallest living man according to the Guinness...Leonid Stadnik who stood at 2.59 metres tall died over the weekend. Picture: AP

He was briefly named by the Guinness World Records as the planet’s tallest man in 2007, but refused to be measured by the organisation and the title was handed back to China’s Bao Xishun, who stood 2.36 metres tall.

Stadnyk lived a quiet life in his mother’s house in Podolyantsi…

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