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World’s shortest man passes on at age 27

The world's shortest man who could stroll, as confirmed by Guinness World Records, kicked the bucket Friday at an emergency clinic in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who is estimated 67.08 centimeters (2 feet 2.41 inches), died at a clinic in Pokhara, 200 kilometers from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents. "He has been in and out of medical clinic in light of pneumonia. In any case, this time his heart was additionally affected. He died today," Mahesh Thapa Magar, his sibling, told AFP. Magar was first proclaimed the world's most shortest man in 2010 after his eighteenth birthday celebration, shot holding a certificate just somewhat shorter than him.

 However he eventually lost the title after Nepal’s Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6 centimetres, was discovered and named the world’s shortest mobile man. Magar regained the title after Dangi’s death in 2015. “He was so little when he was born that he could fit in the palm of your hand, and it was very hard to bathe him and do other things  because he was so small,” said his father, Roop Bahadur, according to Guinness World Records. As the world’s shortest man the 27-year-old has travelled to more than a dozen countries and made television appearances in Europe and the United States. “We’re terribly sad to hear the news from Nepal that Khagendra is no longer with us,” said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief. “Life can be challenging when you weigh just 6 kilograms and you don’t fit into a world built for the average person. But Khagendra certainly didn’t let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life” he said. 

 Magar became an official face of Nepal’s tourism campaign, which featured him as the smallest man in a country that is home to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. During his stint he met other short people around the world, including the shortest woman, Jyoti Amge, from India. In a video released by Guinness World Records, Magar is seen playing a guitar with his brother, riding a bike and sitting at his family’s shop. The world’s shortest non-mobile man remains Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who measures only 59.93 centimetres but is unable to walk or stand unaided, according to Guinness World Records. The record for shortest living mobile man is now retained by Edward “Nino” Hernandez of Colombia, a reggaeton DJ who stands 70.21 centimeters tall, Guinness said.

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