Robert Pershing Wadlow died from a septic blister caused by one of his leg braces.  His height had been officially recorded weeks earlier as being 8' 11.1."  Robert was buried in a 1000 pound casket that required 12 pallbearers.  He rests in Oakwood Cemetery in Alton, Illinois.  He was known as the "Gentle Giant."  By the way, ladies, that's a size 37 shoe.







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