The world’s shortest man has died at the age of 75 after falling victim to pneumonia.
Chandra Dangi of Nepal passed away at the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago in American Samoa in the Pacific early Friday morning following a brief illness.
Family friend Sujit Dilip, owner of India’s well-known Rambo Circus, based in Pune, said: ‘Today, our circus is flooded with tears at the loss of the world’s smallest man…whom we lovingly called Prince Chandra.’
Mr Dangi, who was just 21.5ins, broke the record in 2012 when he was crowned by Guinness World Records in Kathmandu, India.
A spokeswoman at the hospital said he died of an undisclosed disease but it was believed he’d been suffering from pneumonia, as reported by the Kathmandu Post.
He was being treated in Nepal but travelled the 7,500 miles to American Samoa for an appearance and had to be rushed to hospital after his symptoms worsened.
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Mr Dangi was popular in his area after his title enabled him to travel abroad and earn money for Reemkholi, the Nepalese village where he lived some 335 miles southwest of Kathmandu.
Before that he made placemats and head straps for villagers carrying heavy loads.
The tiny man, who was a primordial dwarf, was the same size as six cans of baked beans stacked on top of each other.
He beat the benchmark set by Gul Mohammed, from New Delhi, India, who measured 22.5ins and died at the age of 40 in 1997.
Three of Mr Dangi’s five brothers were less than four feet tall, while his two sisters and two other brothers are of average height.
A Guinness World Records spokesman released a tribute to the ‘extraordinary’ dwarf.
It read: ‘Guinness World Records (GWR), the global authority in record breaking achievements, is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Chandra Dangi, who held the title of shortest man in the world.
‘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.’
Mr Dangi travelled to London in November 2014 for Guinness World Record Day, ten years after the event was first set up when it became the world’s best-selling copyright book.
Smiling outside the Houses of Parliament, Mr Dangi shook hands with the world’s tallest man Sultan Kösen, who stands at 8ft 1in.
Mr Kösen, 32, from Ankara, Turkey, became the world’s tallest living man in 2009, when he took the title from 63-year-old Xi Shun, from China, who measured 7ft 8.95in 2005. He also has the record for the largest hands at 11.2ins.