Robert Wadlow is the tallest in the history of human giants. He often referred to as the Alton giant because he came from Alton, Illinois. At the time of his death he weighed 440 pounds and showed no signs of stopping growing. He was born in 1918, the oldest of five children. He died at the age of 22 years due to an infection caused by a blister on the ankle. His coffin was weighed half a ton and required 12 pallbearers to carry. He was buried in a solid concrete dome.