Sadly, during an appearance in 1940 at the Manistee National Forest Festival, one of the braces irritated his ankle. The resulting blister caused a parasitic infection. Local doctors tried to treat Wadlow with a blood transfusion and surgery, but to no avail. On July 15, 1940, at the age of 22, standing 8-feet 11-inches and weighing 492 pounds, Wadlow passed away.
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