The world’s shortest man who could walk has died at the age of 27.
Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal measured just 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in) tall and entered the record books in 2010 when he turned 18.
Guinness World Records (GWR) said his friends had reported he had been struggling with heart problems, asthma and pneumonia.
He died in hospital in Nepal on Thursday.
GWR recognises two categories for people of short stature – mobile and non-mobile – and Mr Magar’s height made him the shortest living mobile man on the planet.
Born on 14 October 1992, he was officially measured at Fewa City Hospital in Pohkara, Nepal, on his 18th birthday in 2010.
Mr Magar documented a day in his life in 2018, revealing he spent time at his family’s shop, played guitar and travelled around his home town on a motorbike with his brother.
Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday, who first met Mr Magar during a visit to Italy in 2010, said: “We’re terribly sad to hear the news from Nepal that Khagendra is no longer with us.
“His bright smile was so infectious that he melted the hearts of anyone who met him.
“As many people of short stature experience, life can be challenging when you weigh just 6 kg and you don’t fit into world built for the average person.
“But Khagendra certainly didn’t let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life. It’s been an honour to know him and his family, and a privilege to share his story with the world.”
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We are saddened today to hear of the passing of the world’s shortest man, Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal. He was 27 years old. Khagendra, who was born on 14 October 1992, stood at 67.08 cm (2 ft 2.41 in) tall when measured at Fewa City Hospital in Pohkara, Nepal, on the advent of his 18th birthday in 2010. Khagendra was born in the Baglung district of Nepal, the eldest son of Roop Bahadur and Dhan Maya. His father recalled, “He was so tiny when he was born that he could fit in the palm of your hand, and it was very hard to bathe him because he was so small.” According to friends, Khagendra had been struggling recently with heart problems, asthma and pneumonia. “We’re terribly sad to hear the news from Nepal that Khagendra is no longer with us,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, who first met Khagendra during his visit to Italy in 2010. “His bright smile was so infectious that he melted the hearts of anyone who met him. As many people of short stature experience, life can be challenging when you weigh just 6 kg and you don’t fit into world built for the average person. But Khagendra certainly didn’t let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life. It’s been an honour to know him and his family, and a privilege to share his story with the world.” Click the link in our bio for more memories of Khagendra.
Mr Magar lost his title as the world’s shortest mobile man to fellow Nepalese national Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6cm (21.5in) tall.
However, he regained the record following Mr Dangi’s death in 2015.
Filipino Junrey Balawing, who is unable to walk or stand unaided, is the world’s shortest non-mobile man, measuring 59.93cm (23.6in).
The record for the shortest living mobile man is now held by Colombian Edward Hernandez, who measures 70.21cm (2ft 3.46in).
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