BEIJING -- The world's tallest woman has died in eastern China. She was 39.

Chinese state media say Yao Defen died on Nov. 13 at her home in China's eastern province of Anhui.

Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters).

The local Xin'an Evening News did not give the cause of death but said in a report that Yao suffered from gigantism, with a tumor on her pituitary gland disrupting her levels of growth hormone. A government official in her county who gave only his surname, Liu, confirmed Yao's death on Wednesday.

The Xin'an newspaper said Yao learned to play basketball when young, and that she was 6 feet and 7 inches (200 centimeters) tall by the age of 15.

In a Chinese-language video from three years ago, Yao expressed anguish at her unusual height. "I am very unhappy. Why am I this tall?" she said from her bed. "If I were not this tall, others would not look at me like this."

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  • In this photo taken Wednesday June 14, 2006, and made available Dec 5, 2012, Yao Defen, then widely considered as Asia's tallest woman walks in a hospital where she was undergoing checks to see if surgery can be performed to remove a benign brain tumour that is causing her gigantism in Shanghai, China. Chinese state media say Yao died on Nov. 13, 2012 at her home in China's eastern province of Anhui. Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters). (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday June 14, 2006, Yao Defen, then widely considered as Asia's tallest woman compares palm size with a nurse at a hospital where she was undergoing checks to see if surgery can be performed to remove a benign brain tumour that is causing her gigantism in Shanghai, China. Chinese state media say Yao died on Nov. 13, 2012 at her home in China's eastern province of Anhui. Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters). (AP Photo, File) CHINA OUT

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    This picture taken on February 25, 2012 shows the shoes of Yao Defen (R), who was listed as the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010 next to her mother's shoes at her home, in Shucheng, central China's Anhui province. She stood 2.33 metres (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler's website and passed away on November 13, 2012 at the age of 40. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday June 14, 2006, and made available Dec 5, 2012, Yao Defen, then widely considered as Asia's tallest woman is sits near hospital staff at a hospital where she was undergoing checks to see if surgery can be performed to remove a benign brain tumour that is causing her gigantism in Shanghai, China. Chinese state media say Yao died on Nov. 13, 2012 at her home in China's eastern province of Anhui. Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters). (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday June 14, 2006, Yao Defen, then widely considered as Asia's tallest woman is helped past a hospital door where she was undergoing checks to see if surgery can be performed to remove a benign brain tumour that is causing her gigantism in Shanghai, China. Chinese state media say Yao died on Nov. 13, 2012 at her home in China's eastern province of Anhui. Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world's tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters). (AP Photo, File) CHINA OUT

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    FILE - In this May 12, 2006 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Yao Defen, right, who is 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters) tall poses for a photo with her elder brother in a hospital affiliated to Anhui Medical University where she is having a physical examination, in Hefei, the capital of east China's Anhui Province. The world’s tallest woman has died in eastern China. She was 39. Chinese state media say Yao died on Nov. 11, 2012, at her home in China’s eastern province of Anhui. (AP Photo / Xinhua, Wang Shilong, File) NO SALES

  • CHINA-HEALTH-OFFBEAT

    This picture taken on February 25, 2012 shows Yao Defen, who was listed as the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, lying on her bed after suffering from her gigantism at her home in Shucheng, central China's Anhui province. She stood 2.33 metres (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler's website and passed away on November 13, 2012 at the age of 40. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This picture taken on February 25, 2012 shows Yao Defen (L), who was listed as the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, lying on her bed after as her mother looks after her at her home in Shucheng, central China's Anhui province. She stood 2.33 metres (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler's website and passed away on November 13, 2012 at the age of 40. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This picture taken on February 25, 2012 shows Yao Defen (R), who was listed as the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, lying on her bed after as her mother changes her dressing at her home in Shucheng, central China's Anhui province. She stood 2.33 metres (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler's website and passed away on November 13, 2012 at the age of 40. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-HEALTH-OFFBEAT

    This picture taken on February 25, 2012 shows Yao Defen (L), who was listed as the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, lying on her bed after as her mother looks after her at her home in Shucheng, central China's Anhui province. She stood 2.33 metres (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler's website and passed away on November 13, 2012 at the age of 40. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-HEALTH-OFFBEAT

    This picture taken on February 25, 2012 shows Yao Defen, who was listed as the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010, lying on her bed at her home as she suffered from gigantism, in Shucheng, central China's Anhui province. She stood 2.33 metres (seven foot eight inches) high, according to the record compiler's website and passed away on November 13, 2012 at the age of 40. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)