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Tanya Angus, Who Inspired Those with Gigantism, Dies

Tanya Angus, seen in this July 7, 2010 photo, suffered from gigantism. (ABC News)(LAS VEGAS) -- Tanya Angus, the Las Vegas woman who had the worst case of gigantism in the world, died Monday, according to her website and the Acromegaly Community, the advocacy group she inspired.

Angus, 34, died "due to her heart and TIA (transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke)," according to her website.

Acromegaly or gigantism is a rare pituitary disorder that causes the body to produce too much growth hormone. It affects about 20,000 Americans.

Since 2010, when ABC News first told her story, Angus had continued to grow to be more than 7 feet tall and weigh 400 pounds. Before the disease began, she stood only 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 135 pounds.

"Her tremendous love of our community could only be matched by her generosity of spirit," said Wayne Brown, founder of the Acromegaly Community.

"Acromegaly Community's members all stand together in mourning of this wonderful woman," said Brown in a statement. "We love and loved her in a real and true fashion. And while we are saddened for the passing of such a wonderful person, everyone in our organization feels richer for having her in our lives....

"Rest in peace, dear princess."

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