Khagendra Thapa Magar, once world's shortest man, dies at 27

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Khagendra Thapa Magar, the world's shortest man, looks on at a grocery shop in Pokhara, some 200 kms west of Kathmandu.- AFP

Magar was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Manipal Hospital in Pokhara.

Khagendra Thapa Magar, a Nepali man who once held the title of the 'World's Shortest Person', died on Friday, January 17, afternoon at the age of 27 while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Pokhara city.

Magar was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Manipal Hospital in Pokhara. He breathed his last at 3:00 pm (local time) on January 17, Minbahadur Rana, the Chairman of Khagendra Thapa Magar Foundation, told ANI. Thapa, who was just over 67 centimetres tall, and weighed around 6 kg, was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's shortest man back in 2010.

Thapa lost the title a year later to Philippines' Junrey Balawing, who was 59.93 centimetres tall and weighed 5 kg.

Thapa was born on October 14, 1992, in Pokhara.

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