Death of Yao Defen

July 15, 1972 - November 13, 2012
Anhui, China | Age 40

World's tallest woman dies in China at age 39
Yao Defen Obituary Photo

Tools to share this Obituary

DIDI TANG, The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — The world's tallest woman has died in eastern China. She was 39.

Chinese state media say Yao Defen died on Nov. 13 at her home in China's eastern province of Anhui.

Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters).

The local Xin'an Evening News did not give the cause of death but said in a report that Yao suffered from gigantism, with a...

Read Complete Obituary

Record an Audio Memory — Use Your Phone — Free

Most Recent Condolences

Track Celebrity Deaths

Receive email notification about people of national interest.