Chandra Bahadur Dangi

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Chandra Bahadur Dangi in 2012
Born(1939-11-30)30 November 1939 [1]
Died3 September 2015(2015-09-03) (aged 75)
Residence Purandhara VDC, Dang District, Nepal [2]
Nationality Nepalese
OccupationFarmer, craftsman
Known forWorld's shortest adult human
Height54.6 cm (1 ft 9.5 in) [2]
Weight32 lb (15 kg) [2]

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (30 November 1939 – 3 September 2015) (Nepali : चन्द्रबहादुर दाँगी, Loudspeaker.svg listen  ) was the shortest man in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence, measuring 54.6 cm (1 ft 9 12 in). [2] Dangi was a primordial dwarf. He broke the record of Gul Mohammed (1957–97), whose height was 57 cm (1 ft 10 in). He came to the attention of the media when a wood contractor saw him in his village in the Dang district of Nepal. He was awarded the title of shortest adult human ever recorded after his height was measured in February 2012. [3] He was subsequently included in the Guinness World Records . Three of his five brothers were less than 1.22 m (four feet) tall, while his two sisters and two other brothers are of average height.

Nepali language Indo-Aryan (Pahari) and official language of Nepal

Nepali, known by the endonym Khas Kura also known as Gorkhali or Parbatiya, is an Indo-Aryan language of the sub-branch of Eastern Pahari. It is the official language of Nepal and one of the official status gained language of India. It is spoken mainly in Nepal and by about a quarter of the population in Bhutan. In India, Nepali is listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution as an Indian language, with official status in the state of Sikkim, and spoken in Northeast Indian states such as Assam and in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. It is also spoken in Burma and by the Nepali diaspora worldwide. Nepali developed in proximity to a number of Indo-Aryan languages, most notably the other Pahari languages and Maithili, and shows Sanskrit influence. However, owing to Nepal's location, it has also been influenced by Tibeto-Burman languages. Nepali is mainly differentiated from Central Pahari, both in grammar and vocabulary, by Tibeto-Burman idioms owing to close contact with this language group.

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Dangi was born on 30 November 1939. [1] It is unknown what medical condition limited his growth. [4] He lived in a remote village, Reemkholi, approximately 400 kilometres (250 mi) away from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. Before being recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's shortest man in 2012, he had never left his home village. [5] After being awarded the title, he said he had always wished to travel to all parts of his country and the world. He stated that being the shortest man in the world and a citizen of Nepal, he wanted to use his status to popularise his country. [6]

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Chandra died in American Samoa on 3 September 2015 at the age of 75, at the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago. His exact cause of death was not disclosed, although The Kathmandu Post reported that he had previously been suffering from pneumonia. [7] [8] [9] He had been touring the South Pacific for much of the year with Samoa's Tupa'l Bruno's Magic Circus. [10]

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Preceded by
Junrey Balawing
Shortest recognised person
Succeeded by
Junrey Balawing
Preceded by
Gul Mohammed
Shortest recognised adult human ever
Succeeded by