Kathmandu (dpa) - The smallest mobile man in the world is dead. The 67.08 centimeter tall Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal died in a hospital of severe pneumonia, as the chairman of his foundation, Min Bahadur Rana, announced. He was 27 years old.
In 2010, the Guinness Book of Records initially declared Thapa Magar the smallest living male teenager. He later received the title of the smallest agile man in the world. Only 27-year-old Junrey Balawing from the Philippines is currently even smaller - he holds the Guinness record in the "smallest non-agile man" category and is seven centimeters smaller (59.93 centimeters) than Thapa Magar. Because of an illness that makes his bones fragile - colloquially glass bone disease - he cannot walk or stand without help.
Thapa Magar's parents realized early on that their firstborn son was different. "He was so small when he was born that he fit in the palm of your hand and it was very difficult to bathe him because he was so small," his father Dhan Maya Thapa Magar told the Guinness Book of Records. He therefore had a form of dwarfism, "Primordial Dwarfism". Khagendra Thapa Magar lived with his parents in the city of Pokhara in central Nepal. His younger brother was tall.
"As many little people experience, life can be difficult if you only weigh six kilos and do not fit into a world that was built for an average-sized person," said the Guinness Book website. "But Khagendra's small size didn't stop him from making the best of his life."
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