Khagendra Thapa Bio
Khagendra Thapa Magar was a Nepali, formerly identified as the shortest man in the world, measuring 0.67 m (2 ft 2 in). In 2010, being a primordial dwarf, Magar attained the title of the shortest man from Edward Niño Hernández. He lost the title in June 2011, to Junrey Balawing of the Philippines.
Khagendra Thapa Magar died of pneumonia at a hospital in the Nepalese city of Pokhara, according to his family.
We are saddened today to hear of the passing of the world’s shortest man, Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal https://t.co/rfedNxxnP8
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Quick Facts You Need to Know
Khagendra Thapa Magar Age
He was born on 14 October 1992, in Baglung District, Nepal. At birth, he only weighed 6.5 kilograms (14 lb; 1.02 st).
Khagendra Thapa Magar Family
Thapa’s father, Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar, said as the family prepared for a birthday celebration.
“I want him to have a good future. I want him to be educated and live an independent life.
“When he was born he was so small he could fit in the palm of your hand. But I am proud to be his father. He has brought fame not just for himself but for his country.”
Khagendra Thapa Magar Recognition and Appearances
The world’s shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said.
Khagendra Thapa Magar Height
Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08cm (two feet and 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200km (124 miles) from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents.
Khagendra Thapa Magar World Record(World Shortest Man)
Magar was first declared the world’s shortest man in 2010 after his 18th birthday and was photographed holding a certificate only a bit smaller than him.
However, he eventually lost the title after Nepal’s Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6 centimetres, was named the world’s shortest mobile man.
“I’d like a big red car to drive around.”
During the ceremony, Khagendra – who weighs 5.5kg (12lb) – joked with guests and raised his hands in joy when he was presented with a cake twice his size.
“I don’t consider myself to be a small man. I’m a big man. I hope that having this title enables me to prove it and get a proper house for me and my family,” he said at the time.
Guinness World Records Adjudicator Marco Frigatti said his task was complicated because Nepal has a different calendar to the West and the age of a person is measured not when they are born but when they are conceived.
“We have known about Khagendra for some time, but have had to wait until he turned 18 before we could consider him for the record of shortest man. Khagendra has grown since his last measurement in February, but he is still shorter than his rivals.
Khagendra Thapa Magar Financial Benefits
After gaining recognition from GWR in 2010, he traveled around the world and made television appearances in Europe and the US. He also became an official face of Nepal’s tourism campaign.
Our correspondent says that the international recognition he will gain for being a world record holder has already brought financial benefits to his family, who are originally from a poor farming village in the hills outside Pokhara.
Khagendra Thapa Magar Replacement
Magar regained the title after Dangi’s death in 2015.
“He was so tiny when he was born that he could fit in the palm of your hand, and it was very hard to bathe him because he was so small,” said his father, Roop Bahadur, according to Guinness World Records.
Khagendra Thapa Magar Death
Magar died in a Pokhara hospital on 17 January 2020 after complications from pneumonia. He was 27 years old. His brother, Mahesh Thapa Magar who broke the news first told AFP news agency that Magar died on Friday following a battle with pneumonia.
“He has been in and out of hospital because of pneumonia. But this time his heart was also affected. He passed away today,” Mahesh Thapa Magar, his brother, told AFP news agency.
Khagendra Thapa Magar Tributes
GWR paid tribute to Magar, saying he “didn’t let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life”.
Craig Glenday, GWR’s editor-in-chief, said he was “terribly sad” to hear the news of Magar’s death.
“His bright smile was so infectious that he melted the hearts of anyone who met him,” he said.
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We are saddened today to hear of the passing of the world’s shortest man, Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal. He was 27 years old. Khagendra, who was born on 14 October 1992, stood at 67.08 cm (2 ft 2.41 in) tall when measured at Fewa City Hospital in Pohkara, Nepal, on the advent of his 18th birthday in 2010. Khagendra was born in the Baglung district of Nepal, the eldest son of Roop Bahadur and Dhan Maya. His father recalled, “He was so tiny when he was born that he could fit in the palm of your hand, and it was very hard to bathe him because he was so small.” According to friends, Khagendra had been struggling recently with heart problems, asthma and pneumonia. "We’re terribly sad to hear the news from Nepal that Khagendra is no longer with us," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, who first met Khagendra during his visit to Italy in 2010. "His bright smile was so infectious that he melted the hearts of anyone who met him. As many people of short stature experience, life can be challenging when you weigh just 6 kg and you don’t fit into world built for the average person. But Khagendra certainly didn’t let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life. It’s been an honour to know him and his family, and a privilege to share his story with the world." Click the link in our bio for more memories of Khagendra.