World’s tallest woman dies in China

Updated 05 December 2012
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World’s tallest woman dies in China

BEIJING: A Chinese woman who was certified as the tallest in the world has died, an official from her hometown said yesterday. Yao Defen, of eastern China’s Anhui province, was listed as the world’s tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, when she stood 2.33 meters (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler’s website.
“Yao Defen died in the middle of last month,” a spokesman for the government of Shucha township, where Yao lived, told AFP by telephone. The official, who refused to give his name, said that he was not certain of the cause of her death. Yao, recorded as the third tallest woman who ever lived, was 40 when she died. Her gigantism was reportedly due to a tumor in her pituitary gland.
An Anhui newspaper reported that she died on November 13, having reached a height of 2.36 meters, adding that she was already more than two meters tall when she was 15.


Paramount announces Elton John biopic

Updated 20 April 2018
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Paramount announces Elton John biopic

NEW YORK: Paramount has agreed to fund and distribute “Rocketman,” a biopic about British entertainer Elton John, a spokesman for the US studio said on Thursday.
The film will star Taron Egerton (“Kingsman,” “Eddie the Eagle“), who will sing the songs featured in the film, the spokesman said.
And it will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, who also helmed a biopic about another British singer — Freddie Mercury of the group Queen.
Filming is scheduled to begin this summer.
John, who in the 1980s became one of the first openly gay major celebrities, has announced that he plans to “go out with a bang” with a massive final global tour that will open on September 8 and last through 2021.