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America's tallest man, Igor Vovkovinskiy, dies in Rochester

He was 38 years old.

The tallest man in America died Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Igor Vovkovinskiy, 38, born in Bar, Ukraine, had lived in Rochester for 30 years. At 7’8” inches, he was the tallest man in the United States.

According to KTTC, Vovkovinskiy’s height was the result of a tumor pressing against his pituitary gland. He moved to Rochester as a 7-year-old to seek out treatment at Mayo Clinic, and has lived there ever since.

On Facebook, Vovkovinskiy’s mother wrote that he died of heart disease. His family, including his brother, brother’s wife and their children, were present during his last hours, she wrote.

“His last dinner was: a piece of Kyiv cake and Fanta. A few hours before his death, he was accompanied by Oleh's wife Alla and children,” the post read.

“Igor was glad to see them, and although it was difficult for him to speak, he tried to joke about his nephew Andriy, whether he had learned the Ukrainian language in a month in Ukraine.”

Vovkovinskiy graduated from John Marshall High School and Rochester Community and Technical College.

A visitation and memorial service will be held for Vovkovinskiy on Saturday in Rochester. 

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