World's shortest man dies at the age of 28

Saturday 18th January 2020 - 17:51

World's shortest man dies at the age of 28


The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said.

Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08cm (two feet and 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200km (124 miles) from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents.

He has been in and out of hospital because of pneumonia. But this time his heart was also affected.

Magar was first declared the world's shortest man in 2010 after his 18th birthday, and was photographed holding a certificate only a bit smaller than him.

However, he eventually lost the title after Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6 centimetres, was named the world's shortest mobile man.

Magar regained the title after Dangi's death in 2015.

"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," said his father, Roop Bahadur, according to Guinness World Records.