ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest man in the United States, has died in Minnesota. He was 38.
His family says the Ukrainian-born Vovkovinskiy died of heart disease Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
He came to the Mayo Clinic in 1989 as a child.
His size was due to a tumor pressing against his pituitary gland.
He grew to become the tallest man in the U.S. at 7 feet, 8.33 inches.
Vovkovinskiy's older brother tells the Star Tribune that he was already a celebrity when he arrived from Ukraine, but that he “would have rather lived a normal life than be known.”