World's shortest man dies aged 75

Shortest known person in recorded history passes away in Samoa


World's Shortest Man Dies

The world's shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, has died at the age of 75.

He died three years after entering the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012. In addition to being confirmed the shortest man, he was later designated as being the shortest known person in recorded history.

Dangi, a Nepalese man, stood 1 feet 9 inches tall (54.6 cm) and passed away on the Polynesian island of Samoa after being ill with pneumonia.

The 75-year-old won his place in the record books on February 26 in 2012 after being found to be half an inch shorter than the previous holder, Gul Mohammed from India.

He then travelled to London two years later to meet Sultan Kosen from Turkey, the world's tallest man at 8 feet 2 inches (2.48 metres).

Dreams fulfilled

Guinness World Records said in a statement it was "deeply saddened" to hear of his passing.

"GWR would like to express its sincere and heartfelt condolences to Mr Dangi's family in this difficult time. He will be remembered forever as an iconic and extraordinary record holder."

Before winning his title, Mr Dangi had never left his remote village of Reemkholi in Dang district, more than 500 kilometres from the capital Kathmandu, reports The Independent.

In 2014, Dangi said: "It's been lifelong dream to travel and becoming a Guinness World Records title holder has enabled me to do that. It makes me extremely proud to represent Nepal all around the world. I'm extremely humbled by there support I see."

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