Tall women: At the time of her death at the age of 17, in Hunan, China, she was 8 ft 1.75 in (249 cm) tall. However, she could not stand up straight due to a severely deformed spine. Nevertheless, she was the tallest person in the world at the time. In the year between the death of 8 feet 2 inch Don Koehler and her own, she surpassed fellow 'eight-footers' Gabriel Estêvão Monjane and Suleiman Ali Nashnush. Her growth patterns mirrored those of Robert Wadlow, as shown by the table below. Tall women.