Chandra Bahadur Dangi, aged 75, a native of Nepal, has died in an American Samoan hospital.
Dangi was the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the shortest man in the world, standing at just one foot, 9.5 inches tall. He weighed just 31 pounds.
Suffering from pneumonia, he was travelling to American Samoa for an appearance when he was suddenly rushed to the hospital after his symptoms became worse.
Dangi will still be listed at the shortest man ever, having replaced the one-foot, 10.5-inch Gul Mohammed who died in 1997. Dangi managed to escape notice until Guinness got wind of him in 2012.
Once investigated, he was measured as being two inches shorter than Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who at that time was considered the shortest man living.
Junrey Balawin will now return to the top spot as the shortest “living” person in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Dangi had a condition known as ‘primordial dwarfism’, a condition where his body and his organs, bones are proportionate to his height. While many primordial dwarfs suffer from constant health issues, Dangi was described as “unusually fit.”
Family friend Sujit Dilip, owner of India’s well-known Rambo Circus, told the UK’s Daily Mirror: “Today, our circus is flooded with tears at the loss of the world’s smallest man, who we lovingly called Prince Chandra.”
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