Bernard A. Coyne, born on July 27, 1897, holds a place among the rare 20 individuals in the annals of medical history who attained a towering stature of 8 feet (240 cm) or more.
It’s believed that Coyne might have reached an impressive height of 8 feet 4 inches (2.54 m) at the time of his passing in 1921. On his World War I draft registration card, dated August 29, 1918, his height was recorded as 8 feet (240 cm). Notably, the Guinness Book of World Records noted that he was denied induction into the Army in 1918 when he stood at a height of 7 feet 9 inches (236 cm).
Coyne suffered from gigantism, a condition also known as eunuchoidal infantile giantism, making him the tallest person in the world at the time of his demise. Similar to Robert Wadlow, he was still experiencing growth. It’s reported that he required size 24 (American) shoes due to his extraordinary size.
Tragically, Bernard Coyne passed away in 1921 and was laid to rest in Anthon, Iowa, in a specially crafted, oversized coffin tailored to his remarkable dimensions.
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