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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gentle Giantess, Farewell…

posted by on August 13 at 10:32 AM

The Tallest Woman in the World is dead.

Sandy Allen, who used her height to inspire schoolchildren to accept those who are different, died at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville, family friend Rita Rose said.

Although the poor woman—a mere 53 years old—suffered from about a zillion health troubles (diabetes, breathing problems, kidney trouble, and, of course, serious gland issues) the precise cause of her death has not yet been determined.

She was 7 feet, 7 inches tall.


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meanwhile yao ming is dunking on niggas.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 13, 2008 10:57 AM

Wait, didn't they just find the remains of Bigfoot? That'd be pretty sad for her family to see her remains on ice come the press conference on Friday.

Posted by Jon | August 13, 2008 11:15 AM

She was a Hoosier! RIP, Sandy. RIP.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | August 13, 2008 11:24 AM

oh, my - shelbyville? isn't that near springfield?

Posted by kinkos | August 13, 2008 11:30 AM

No way! They just ran the documentary on her, and the Tall Club of America, and the world's tallest man on TLC this past weekend!!!

Posted by schnoodle | August 13, 2008 11:35 AM

Abnormally tall people warm my heart, even as they make me feel slightly inadequate.

Posted by Greg | August 13, 2008 11:51 AM

Time to drag out my copy of Split Enz's "Time & Tide" album...

Hello Sandy Allen

The world's tallest woman

We made friends in New York

Don't know if you'll remember

I'm bound to say I felt uneasy

when I first laid eyes on you

But I liked the way you talked

Like a living hoper

Towering over our heads in more ways than one

The hand that shook my hand was awesome

It still amazes me

Hope you're happy - Sandy Allen
Hope your garden is blooming
We're all staring at the mirror
tryin' to put our faces on
Appearance never held you back
Must be when you're number one
you don't have to try so hard

Neil Finn is awesome.

Goodbye, Sandy Allen.

Posted by pgreyy | August 13, 2008 12:04 PM

This has made me sad. She seemed sweet, and was pretty young. p.s. pgreyy, thanks for those lyrics!

Posted by rtw | August 13, 2008 12:13 PM

Sandy Allen Haz a Posse

7' 7"

53 yrs. old

Posted by uncle baggy | August 13, 2008 12:46 PM

She did seem nice and always smiling.

Adrian, next time use a picture with some perspective. She could just as well be 5'2" in that one.

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 13, 2008 12:54 PM

At least she wasn't short like McCain.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 13, 2008 1:58 PM

Will, you are the stupidest person who ever lived on this earth.

Posted by Fnarf | August 13, 2008 3:05 PM

For a society obsessed with looks she must have had her fill of fools. R.I.P.

Posted by Vince | August 13, 2008 3:13 PM

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