Tanya Angus, a 34-year-old Las Vegas woman who could not stop growing, died on Monday. She was 7 feet 2 inches and weighed about 400 pounds.
Angus had a rare disorder called 'acromegaly' that kept her growing, reports the Associated Press.'
Karen Strutynski told the Associated Press that she recalled her daughter saying: “Mom, I don’t know why I got it. But I guess God decided that I could handle it.”
Angus often appeared on TV to talk about the condition, which happened because too much growth hormone was released, which was caused by a non-cancerous tumor on her pituitary gland.
Angus couldn’t pull extra large shirts over her head, needed specially-made shoes and jewelers had to stretch her rings to size 20.
Her mother said that people judged Angus for being fat, even though she only ate one meal a day: “People were very cruel until she went into the media."
After her TV appearances, Angus became an advocate for those with the disease. Through her web site, she corresponded with people from 60 countries to help them.
She saw her mission as helping others to get diagnosed before the disease got out of control.
An autopsy is pending, but her mother said it appears Angus died after catching a cold and developing a tear in her heart.
Strutynski said she would keep her daughter's web site up: “We can’t let it end. It’s just too important. We can’t just let it die with Tanya.”