Voice of America
24 Aug 2021, 07:05 GMT+10
ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA - Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest antheral successful the United States, has died successful Minnesota. He was 38.
His household said the Ukrainian-born Vovkovinskiy died of bosom illness connected Friday astatine the Mayo Clinic successful Rochester. His mother, Svetlana Vovkovinska, an ICU caregiver astatine Mayo, initially posted astir his decease connected Facebook.
Vovkovinskiy came to the Mayo Clinic successful 1989 arsenic a kid seeking treatment. A tumor pressing against his pituitary gland caused it to secrete abnormal levels of maturation hormone. He grew to go the tallest antheral successful the U.S. astatine 2 meters, 34.5 centimeters (7 feet, 8.33 inches) and ended up staying successful Rochester.
His older brother, Oleh Ladan of Brooklyn Park, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that Vovkovinskiy was a personage erstwhile helium arrived from Ukraine due to the fact that of his size and the flickering Cold War of the precocious 1980s. But Ladan said Vovkovinskiy "would person alternatively lived a mean beingness than beryllium known."
Vovkovinskiy appeared connected "The Dr. Oz Show" and was called retired by President Barack Obama during a run rally successful 2009, erstwhile the president noticed him adjacent the signifier wearing a T-shirt that read, "World's Biggest Obama Supporter." In 2013, helium carried the Ukrainian contestant onto the signifier to execute successful the Eurovision Song Contest.
When helium was 27, Vovkovinskiy traveled to New York City and was declared America's tallest surviving idiosyncratic by a Guinness World Records adjudicator connected Oz's show. He edged retired a sheriff's lawman successful Virginia by one-third of an inch.
He issued a plea successful 2012 to screen the estimated $16,000 outgo for specially made shoes that wouldn't origin him crippling pain. At the time, helium said helium hadn't owned a brace for years that acceptable his size 26, 10E feet. Thousands donated much than doubly what helium needed. Reebok provided the customized shoes for free.
Vovkovinskiy was calved Sept. 8, 1982, successful Bar, Ukraine, to Vovkovinska and Oleksandr Ladan, according to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, which is holding a memorial work connected Saturday. His begetter died earlier.