Khagendra Thapa Magar: World’s shortest man dies in Nepal
Khagendra Thapa Magar measured 67.08 cm (2 ft 2.41 in). He died in Nepal following a battle pneumonia.
Khagendra Thapa Magar, the world’s shortest man, who measured 67.08 cm (2 ft 2.41 in) has died in Nepal following a battle with pneumonia. He was 27.
Magar was born in Nepal’s Baglung district as the eldest son of Roop Bahadur and Dhan Maya. According to his father, 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".
Magar was recognised as the world's smallest man by the Guinness World Records (GWR) on his 18th birthday in 2010. The ceremony was attended by locals and international dignitaries.
"I don't consider myself to be a small man. I'm a big man. I hope that having this title enables me to prove it and get a proper house for me and my family," he said at the time.
In a tribute to Magar, GWR said he "didn't let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life".
GWR has two categories for people of short stature - mobile and non-mobile. Magar’s height made him the shortest living mobile man (who could walk) on the planet, just over 7 cm taller than Filipino Junrey Balawing, who measures 59.93 cm (1 ft 11.5 in) and who, owing to the medical condition osteogenesis imperfecta, is unable to walk or stand unaided.
Craig Glenday -- GWR's Editor-in-Chief -- said he was "terribly sad" to hear the news of Magar's death.
"His bright smile was so infectious that he melted the hearts of anyone who met him," he said.
Twitter was also full of tributes for the world's shortest man.
#Sad news#Nepal #Kathmandu— Xy5Z89???????? (@Xy5Z89) January 17, 2020
The #smallest agile man in the world is #dead. The 67.08 centimeter ("2.2") tall Khagendra Thapa Magar from #Nepal #died today in a #hospital of severe #pneumonia, said his foundation. He got only 27 years old... pic.twitter.com/OhaaoOGhta
R.I.P. Khagendra Thapa MAGAR (खगेन्द्र थापामगर) (1992-2020), Nepalese former shortest man in the world, measuring 0.67 m (2 ft 2 in). Magar, who was a primordial dwarf, held the title of shortest man from October 2010 until June 2011. @khagendratma @gwr pic.twitter.com/xxqqVNz7Pv— In__Memoriam (@In___Memoriam) January 17, 2020
The world’s shortest man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who stood just over 22 inches (56 centimetres) has died, on Friday.— Sherpa Sansar (@sherpasansar) January 17, 2020
Doctors involved in Thapa’s treatment said he died due to pneumonia. https://t.co/marJNK57Ln
Magar lost his title as the world's shortest mobile man to fellow Nepalese national Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6cm. However, he regained it following Dangi's death in 2015.
Magar was first spotted by a travelling salesman when he was 14 and taken to local fairs, where children paid to be photographed next to him.
After gaining recognition from GWR in 2010, he travelled around the world and made television appearances in Europe and the US. He also became an official face of Nepal's tourism campaign.
He made his first appearance in the GWR 2011 book, alongside Jyoti Amge -- the shortest teenager (female) living -- from India.
Magar was also appointed as a Nepalese Goodwill Ambassador for Tourism in 2011.
Guinness World Records last caught up with Khagendra in December 2018 to document a day in his life, including time spent at his family’s shop, leisure activities such as playing guitar and travelling around his home town on a motorbike with his brother.
According to friends, Magar had been struggling recently with heart problems, asthma and pneumonia. He was admitted to the Manipal Hospital in Nepal on Thursday and he passed away on Friday.
The record for the shortest living mobile man is now held by Edward Hernandez of Colombia, who measures 70.21cm.