Being tall has multiple benefits such as having a better shot at being a basketball player, having the best view of a concert, and many others. However, being tall beyond a limit could get complicated and most must be treated to avoid health problems.

If you don’t take our word for it, just ask some of the tallets people to ever walk the earth, as they stood out from the rest of humans but struggled to live long lives due to multiple health issues. Here, we show you the top 10 tallest people ever.


10. Don Khoeler – 8’2”

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The fun fact about Don Khoeler is that he had a twin sister that was just 5’9”. I mean, 5’9” isn’t short but how was she 29 inches shorter than her twin brother? Tragically, as it happened with most of the people on this list, he died at the age of 55 from a heart condition.


9. Vikas Uppal – 8’2”

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Vikas Uppal wasn’t officially measured by the Guinness World Records and some people say that he was even taller than 8’2”. Sadly, this 21-year-old Hindu giant couldn’t survive brain surgery back in 2007, so we’ll never know for sure now.


8. Sultan Kösen – 8 ‘3”

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The tallest man alive is Turkish and was born in 1982. Sultan Kösen worked as a farmer as a child, being able to see everything from long distances. He has received treatment for a tumor and controls his excessive levels of growth hormones and now walks using crutches.


7. Édouard Beaupré – 8’3”

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Édouard Beaupré was an impressive force of nature. He dedicated his life to Barnum and Bailey’s Circus having the unbelievable ability to lift a horse. Towards the end of his life, he suffered from tuberculosis and felt weak and dizzy after his feats of strength.


6. Väinö Myllyrinne – 8’3”

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Väinö Myllyrinne was a bit of a legend back in the day. He was considered the tallest soldier ever, having served in the Finnish Defense Forces. Not a doubt he caused fear to his opponents in the war, although you could say that he was an easy target.


5. Trijntje Keever – 8’4”

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The Holland big girl is the tallest woman ever known. Sadly, Trijntje Keever just lived 17 years after suffering cancer in the 17th century. At the age of 9, she was already 6’5”, catching the attention of many people. However, at the time there was no institution that confirmed and made official her height.


4. Leonid Stadnyk – 8’5”

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Leonid Stadnyk was a Ukrainian man whose height is still questioned for not being measured by the Guinness World Records. At the age of 13, he underwent brain surgery and started to develop a kind of gigantism which was controlled until 45 when he got a fatal brain hemorrhage.


3. John Carroll – 8’8”

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John Carroll was born in 1932 in New York City. Sadly, he suffered a lot because of his gigantic height, especially in his spine. As a matter of fact, he had a chronic case of two-dimensional spinal curvature, also known as kyphoscoliosis.


2. John Rogan – 8’9”

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John Rogan was a living giant born in Tennessee in 1868. After the age of 13, he gained height incredibly fast, reaching a moment where he could keep waking by himself and designed a goat cart. People actually referred to him as ‘The Gallatin Giant’.


1. Robert Wadlow – 8’11.1”

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The tallest man ever was an American from Illinois called Robert Wadlow. He lived 22 years and at his peak weighed 439 lb. Doctors at the time had no treatment for this kind of hormonal imbalance. To protect his legs, he used to wear braces and worked as an image of the international shoe company.