Leonid Stadnyk

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Leonid Stadnyk
Леонід Стадник
Leonid Stadnyk.jpg
Born Leonid Stepanovych Stadnyk
(1970-08-05)5 August 1970
Podolyantsi, Chudniv Raion, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died 24 August 2014(2014-08-24) (aged 44)
Podolyantsi, Chudniv Raion, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine
Cause of death Brain hemorrhage
Height 8 ft 5 in (2.57 m) (disputed)
Weight 159 kg (351 lb; 25.0 st)

Leonid Stepanovych Stadnyk (Ukrainian: Леонід Степанович Стадник; 5 August 1970 – 24 August 2014) was a Ukrainian man who stood at 8 feet 5 inches or 2.57 meters tall.

Stadnyk's excessive growth began after brain surgery at the age of 14, after which he developed a pituitary gland tumor that caused the gland to secrete large amounts of growth hormone. This resulted in what doctors describe as acromegalic gigantism. Twenty years after the surgery, the doctors discovered the tumour had mysteriously disappeared and he was currently healthy. He reportedly wore US size 24.5 shoes. Although he held the title for a month, Stadnyk having no interest in being in any record book, refused to be measured, ending his GWR recognition. Others have questioned the legitimacy of his record, noting that Stadnyk had never been officially measured by Guinness World Records, only by the "Ukrainian Book of Records" that says that he measures 2.57 m (8 ft 5.2 in).


Stadnyk died at the age of 44 on 24 August 2014 from a brain hemorrhage.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Will Stewart (25 August 2014). "World's 'tallest man' at 8ft 4 inches dies aged 44". Mirror. 

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Guinness world records info below

Preceded by
Bao Xishun
Tallest Recognized Person
7 August 2007 – 20 August 2008
Succeeded by
Bao Xishun