Years ago, Khagendra Thapa Magar made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the “smallest man in motion”. Now the 67.08 centimeter tall Nepalese has died of severe pneumonia.
The 2010 Guinness Book of Records initially declared Thapa Magar the smallest living male teenager. He later received the title of "smallest man in the world". Only 27-year-old Junrey Balawing from the Philippines is currently even smaller - he holds the Guinness record in the category "smallest non-agile man" and is seven centimeters smaller (59.93 centimeters) than Thapa Magar. This distinction was made because the Filipino suffers from the so-called glass bone disease and can neither walk nor stand without help.
Younger brother is not short
Thapa Magar's parents realized early on that their firstborn son was different. "He was so small when he was born that he could fit in the palm of your hand and it was very difficult to bathe him because he was so small," said his father Dhan Maya Thapa Magar. 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 has reached normal height.
“As many small people experience, life can be difficult if you only weigh six kilos and don't fit into a world that was built for an average tall person. But Khagendra's small size didn't stop him from making the most of his life, ”the Guinness Book website said.