|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1925|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1981|
The 6th tallest person of all times
From the website www.thetallestman.com
Don Koehler (Donald A. Koehler, born 1 September 1925 – 26 February 1981) is one of 16 individuals in medical history to reach a verified height of 8 feet or more. He was generally recognized as the tallest man in the world from at least 1969 until his death in 1981. At one time, Don Koehler stood 8 feet 2 inches (248.9 cm.), a result of the medical condition acromegalic gigantism.
He was born in Denton, Montana, USA. Don Koehler and his fraternal twin sister were born to parents of above average height (their mom was 5 feet 10 inches, their dad was 6 feet 2 inches). He started an abnormal period of growth when he was 10 years old. The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed Don Koehler at a standing height of 8 feet 2 inches tall at his peak. His twin sister was 5 feet 9 inches for a record difference of 29 inches between the two twins as recognized by Guinness.
Later in life, he suffered from the medical condition kyphosis, resulting in (often severe) curvature of the spine. Don Koehler died in 1981 in Chicago from a reported heart condition, by which time he was estimated to be about 7 feet 10 inches (239 cm.) tall. He was 55 years old.
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