Woman Who Couldn't Stop Growing Dead at 34
Tanya Angus was 7-foot-2 at the time of her death
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2013 8:43 AM CST
This photo provided by Tina Valle shows Tanya Angus before contracting her growth disease, in 1999.   (AP Photo/Tina Valle)

(Newser) – As a teenager growing up in Las Vegas, Tanya Angus strutted along fashion runways. She was 5 feet 8 inches tall. But at the time of her death Monday, the 34-year-old Angus stood 7 feet 2 inches and weighed about 400 pounds. She was a victim of a rare disorder called acromegaly that wouldn't let her stop growing. Her condition was the result of the release of too much growth hormone caused by a non-cancerous tumor on her pituitary gland, and the disorder affected just about everything for Angus.

She couldn't pull even the largest of shirts over her head, because she couldn't fit through the collar. She needed specially made shoes, and jewelers stretched her rings to size 20. Her mother said some people judged Angus, believing she used a wheelchair because she lacked the discipline to keep her weight down. What they didn't know is that she ate one meal a day, and her medications caused her face to swell. Angus eventually became an advocate for those with the disease. It appears she died after catching a cold and developing a tear in her heart.

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AlexanderArgentina
Jan 17, 2013 10:16 AM CST
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homer57
Jan 17, 2013 7:51 AM CST
It's not so much the first death that is the problem, it's the second death...was this woman "SAVED" from that second death, and is she in heaven? that is a question we all need to answer! As for me: my Salvation and assurance lie in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary! Matt 6:33/1 Peter 3:18 KJV
iq145
Jan 16, 2013 9:34 PM CST
So sad. That's the exact same story as Andre the Giant. Maybe even sadder though... She was gorgeous in that news photo. Here she is just before her death. Can hardly recognize her: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01448/Tanya-Angus_1448536c.jpg