KATHMANDU-(MaraviPost)-Khagendra Thapa Magar, World’s shortest mobile man who was declared by Guinness World Record in 2010 has died at the age of 27.
The 27 year- old Nepalese has died in his hometown after struggling with asthma and pneumonia.
The former Nepalese Goodwill Ambassador for Tourism gained worldwide fame and became the face of tourism for his homeland when he became the world’s shortest man who could walk when he turned 18 in 2010.
Officials listed that Khagendra stood just 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in) tall beating the previous record which was occupied by Edward “Niño” Hernandez, from Colombia, a reggaeton DJ who stands 70.21cm (2ft 3.46in).
He was just 7cm taller than the world’s shortest man, Junrey Balawing, who measures 59.93cm (1ft 11.5in).
Junrey is unable to walk or stand unaided due to a medical condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. He is listed as the world’s shortest non-mobile man.
Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records’ Editor-in-Chief, has expressed his heartfelt condolences for the loss of Khagendra.
He has been quoted by the Mirror saying: “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 6kg 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.”
Khagendra first came to the organisation’s attention when he was measured on an Italian TV programme and confirmed to be the shortest teenage boy on the planet.
According to reports, Khagendra was so small and he fitted in his fathers palm when he was born.
Following Khagendra’s death, the title is once again returned to Edward Niño” Hernandez.