The world's tallest cow has died on a farm in northern Illinois after holding the record for less than a year.

Pat Hanson tells The (Freeport) Journal-Standard (http://bit.ly/1Q4xKIW ) that her 6-foot-4 Holstein, called Blosom, died May 26 on her farm near Orangeville, just south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border.

Hanson says she's not sure what was wrong with Blosom, but that she had the 13-year-old Holstein put down after two veterinarians said they couldn't save her.

Hanson says Blosom was buried in her favorite pasture, with her head facing east toward the farm.

Guinness anointed Blosom the world's tallest cow last August.

Although she's no longer alive, the 2,000-pound cow maintains that title and will appear in the 2016 edition of the Guinness World Records book.

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Information from: The Journal-Standard, http://www.journalstandard.com/jshome.taf