Robert Wadlow was only 22 years old when he died, but his 8.9 feet (2.71 meters) will never be forgotten. Check out the incredible story of the tallest man in the history of the world, who became a celebrity in the United States.
From having a name in the Guinness World Record to a massive funeral with more than 40.000 people, his life was a roller coaster. At that time, medicine wasn't that advanced to develop hormones against excessive growth like nowadays, so probably, he will keep the record forever. The world wasn't ready for someone that tall. But his size brought several problems. He couldn't run, and he had to used a walking stick.
He weighed 489 pounds (ca. 222 kg) and wherever he went, hotels had to figure out how to build beds for him. Of course, he got a job with the circus, and he became a celebrity nation-wide.
He broke several records, for example, he had the biggest boy scout uniform built, as well as the largest Masonic ring and the widest couch. He was a tedious reader, and he was a kind soul, according to those who knew him.
After his massive funeral, where 16 people carried his coffin, his mom burnt all his clothing so that people didn't remember him as a "freak" but as a good person.