World’s shortest man who could walk dies aged 27

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The world’s shortest man who could walk has died in hospital in Nepal aged just 27. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimetres (2ft 2.41 inches), passed away from pneumonia, his family said.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Khagendra Thapa Magar, the worlds smallest teenager at 22 inches tall visits Ripley's Believe It or Not on September 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

His brother Mahesh Thapa Magar added: ‘He has been in and out of hospital because of pneumonia. But this time his heart was also affected.’

Khagendra was first declared the world’s shortest man in 2010 after his 18th birthday and his title was verified by Guinness World Records. However he eventually lost the title after Nepal’s Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6 centimetres (1ft 7.9 inches), was discovered and named the world’s shortest mobile man.

In this photograph taken on December 8, 2018, Khagendra Thapa Magar, the world's shortest man, sits on the tank of his younger brother Maheshl Thapa Magar bike's in front of their house in Pokhara, some 200 kms west of Kathmandu. - The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on Janaury 17, 2020 at a hospital in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimetres (2 feet 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 kilometres from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP) (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

Khagendra regained the title after Dangi’s death in 2015. His father, Roop Bahadur, said: ‘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.’

In this photograph taken on December 7, 2018, Khagendra Thapa Magar, the world's shortest man, is assisted by his father Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar before eating a meal at their home in Pokhara, some 200 kms west of Kathmandu. - The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on Janaury 17, 2020 at a hospital in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimetres (2 feet 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 kilometres from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP) (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

Khagendra died in hospital in the city of Pokhara, where he lived with his parents. As the world’s shortest man, Khagendra travelled to more than a dozen countries and made television appearances in Europe and the United States.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 24, 2010 Nepalese teenager Khagendra Thapa Magar poses for a picture with Miss Nepal Sadichha Shrestha (C) and first runner-up Sahana Bajracharya (R) and second runner-up Samyukta Timilsina (L) in Kathmandu. - The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on January 17, 2020 at a hospital in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimetres (2 feet 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 kilometres from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents. (Photo by Prakash MATHEMA / AFP) (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

He also 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. Khagendra Thapa Magar measured 67.08 centimetres (2ft 2.41 inches).

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