Robert Persing Wadlow (b. February 22, 1918 – d. July 15, 1940) is the tallest veried man ever in the world, whose height was verified as 8 foot and 11 inches, and was still growing until his death in 1940, at the age of 22. Nearly 40'000 people attended his funeral. He weighed 490 pounds at the time of his death. His nickname was the Alton Giant. A life-size bronze statue of Robert Wadlow made by Ned Giberson was erected at the Southern Illinois University Edwarsville School of Dental Medicine. He has a wax replica in the Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum in Saint Augustine, Florida, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Gold Coast, Queensland and Guadalajara, Mexico.