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 200 kg (440 lb; 31 st)

Leonid Stepanovych Stadnyk (Ukrainian: Леонід Степанович Стадник; 5 August 1970 – 24 August 2014) was a Ukrainian man who allegedly 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. A Pravda news report in Spring 2006 reported[citation needed] that Stadnyk grew 2 cm (0.79 in) in the previous year, not accounting for the time between the original Spring 2004 report and Spring 2005. He reportedly wore European size 62 shoes (US size 28).[1] According to Pravda[citation needed], his health was slowly failing in that he needed to hold on to limbs of trees and the side of his house to walk about. His official recorded weight was listed at 200 kg (440 lb).

Guinness World Record[edit]

Leonid Stadnyk was formerly listed as the world's tallest living man according to Guinness World Records.[2]

On 8 August 2007, Guinness book's spokeswoman Amarilis Espinoza stated that in the 2008 edition of the record book, Mr. Stadnyk appeared to be taller than Bao Xishun, a native of Inner Mongolia in China who stands 7 ft 8.95 in (2.3609 m). Although he held the title for a few months, Stadnyk having no interest on being in any record book, refused to be measured, ending his GWR recognition. Others have questioned the legitimacy of his record, noting that Stadnyk has 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), and that the doctor originally credited by Guinness with confirming Stadnyk's height had denied ever measuring him.[3]

On 20 August 2008, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, announced that the title of world's tallest living man had been returned to China's Bao Xishun after Stadnyk refused to be measured under the Guinness standard guidelines requiring several measurements throughout the course of 24 hours under the watchful eye of a Guinness Book representative. Guinness then averages the height readings to come up with a final official measured height.[4]


Stadnyk died at the age of 44 on 24 August 2014 from a brain hemorrhage.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.thetallestman.com/leonidstadnykimages.htm
  2. ^ "Press release" (PDF). Guinness World Records 2008. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-08-09. The world authority on record breaking launches with more astounding new records including the introduction of the world's tallest living human being in the world: Leonid Stadnyk (7ft 6in tall) 
  3. ^ Good, Andrew. (2007-08-13) Debate over the tallest man continues. Ocregister.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  4. ^ New rules make China's Bao world's tallest again. Reuters. August 20, 200
  5. ^ Will Stewart (25 August 2014). "World's 'tallest man' at 8ft 4 inches dies aged 44". Mirror. 

External links[edit]

Guinness world records info below

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