Väinö Myllyrinne

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Väinö Myllyrinne
Väinö Myllyrinne kättelemässä.jpg
Väinö Myllyrinne (Right)
Born (1909-02-27)February 27, 1909
Helsinki, Finland
Died April 13, 1963(1963-04-13) (aged 54)
Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finland Finnish
Height 251 cm (8 ft 3 in)
Weight 170.6 kg (376 lb)

Väinö Myllyrinne (27 February 1909 in Helsinki – 13 April 1963 in Helsinki, Finland[1]) was an acromegalic giant who was at one time (1961–1963) the world's tallest living person. He stood 224 cm (7 ft 4 in) and weighed 141 kg (311 pounds) at the age of 21, but experienced a second phase of growth in his late thirties, attaining a height of 251 cm (8 ft 3 in) and weighing 376 pounds.

Myllyrinne is considered the tallest soldier ever, having served in the Finnish Defence Forces. He underwent his conscript training in 1929 in the Viipuri Heavy Artillery Regiment, and was 220 cm (7 ft 3 in) tall and really strong. In the 1930s he travelled around Europe. He returned to Finland in 1939 to serve in the Finnish Army during the Winter War. In 1946, he moved to Järvenpää and ran a chicken farm. He died in 1963.

In 1962, just a year before his death, he was measured by doctors at 2.47 m (8 ft 1.2 in). He had a 340 mm (13.2 in) size hand, the greatest known.

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