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World's tallest man gets married to 'love of his life' in Turkey

The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (right) and his wife stand together on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during their wedding ceremony. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (right) and his wife stand together on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during their wedding ceremony. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (left) and his wife pose on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during their wedding ceremony. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (left) and his wife pose on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during their wedding ceremony. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (centre) smiles on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during his wedding ceremony with a Syrian woman. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (centre) smiles on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during his wedding ceremony with a Syrian woman. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (right) and his bride cut their wedding cake on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during their wedding ceremony. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man Sultan Kosen (right) and his bride cut their wedding cake on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during their wedding ceremony. -- PHOTO: AFP
The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen (centre), waves on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during his wedding ceremony with a Syrian woman. Mr Kosen, at 2.51m the world's tallest man, has wed a Syrian woman he called the "love of my life", though he towers ove
The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen (centre), waves on Oct 27, 2013, in Mardin during his wedding ceremony with a Syrian woman. Mr Kosen, at 2.51m the world's tallest man, has wed a Syrian woman he called the "love of my life", though he towers over his 1.75m bride. -- PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's Sultan Kosen, at 2.51m the world's tallest man, has wed a Syrian woman he called the "love of my life", though he towers over his 1.75m bride.

"I cannot describe my feelings in words," the 31-year-old groom said during the wedding celebration in his hometown in the southeastern province of Mardin on Sunday.

"I am the happiest man in the world," he was quoted as saying on the website of the state-run Anatolia news agency.

His 20-year-old bride Mervi Dibo, who hails from the Syrian town of Hasaka, added: "I hope this happiness will be long-lasting."

The groom's black suit was custom made, requiring six metres of fabric, Anatolia reported.

Born into a farming family in southeastern Turkey, Mr Kosen won global fame in September 2009 when Guinness World Records declared him the tallest man in the world. He was then 2.47m tall.

His growth has resulted from a tumour affecting his pituitary gland.

US doctors treated Mr Kosen's tumour in August 2010 in the state of Virgina with a precisely targeted shot of extremely high frequency gamma rays, using a non-invasive radiosurgical device known as a Gamma Knife.

Last year, doctors said Mr Kosen has overcome acromegaly, a rare hormonal disorder that caused him to keep growing well into adulthood.

Mr Kosen is forced to use crutches in order to walk.