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Thursday June 20, 2024

Former world's tallest woman with a height of 7ft 3.8in passes away

"Queen of Height" Maria Feliciana was a singer and basketball player

By Web Desk
April 29, 2024
The Estado de Sergipe building, popularly known as the Maria Feliciana building is named after her. The Sun/File
The Estado de Sergipe building, popularly known as the Maria Feliciana building is named after her. The Sun/File

The former world’s tallest woman has passed away at the age of 77 due to pneumonia, Daily Mail reported.

Brazil’s Maria Feliciana broke records in her early twenties for reaching a height of 7 feet and 3.8 inches.

For years, Maria held the title of the world's tallest woman, but sadly, she lost some of her height in later years.

Currently, the world's tallest woman measures 7 feet and 0.71 inches, still inches off Maria's height record.

The Estado de Sergipe building, popularly known as the Maria Feliciana building, a 28-story skyscraper in Aracaju, was named after her. It was the tallest building in the city when it opened in 1970.

Her father, Antonio Tintino da Silva, was 7 feet and 8.7 inches tall, and her paternal grandfather was 7 feet and 5.4 inches tall.

After gaining attention for her height, she began performing at circuses and touring cities. At 18, she won the "Rainha da Altura" (Queen of Height) title.

She married Assuires Jose dos Santos in 1973 and had three children with him.

In 2022, a statue of her was erected outside a museum in her home state of Sergipe to honour her life.

For the past 15 years, Maria has been in a wheelchair and largely housebound.