MI man who held world record for height dies at 48

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TROY, Mich. (WOOD)  — A Michigan man whose height landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records has died.

Mike Lanier died from pancreatic cancer complicated by the pituitary gland disorder that led to his record-setting height. He was 48 years old.

Standing 7 feet 7 inches tall, Lanier was Michigan’s tallest man alive in 2015, and one of the tallest twins in the world along with his brother, Jim. He had acromegaly, which causes the pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone.

Mike Lanier wore a size 17 shoe and weighed 360 pounds.

He had just recently gotten married, according to NBC Detroit affiliate, WDIV.

In lieu of flowers, Lanier’s family is asking that any donations be made to Acromegaly.org to help people with the disorder.

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