Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who was declared as the world's shortest man by the Guinness Book of Records, died of an undisclosed illness on Thursday, 3 September, at the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago at American Samoa -- an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Dangi, 75, was just 21.5 inches (54.6cm). He rose to fame after he was declared as the world's shortest man in February 2012. Dangi, who hails from Kathmandu in Nepal, was born on 30 November, 1939.

"Guinness World Records (GWR) 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," GWR wrote on their official website on Friday.

In 2012, Dangi met the world's shortest woman Jyoti Amge for the first time at the production of the 57th edition of the Guinness World Records 2013 book.

In November 2014, Dangi also met the world's tallest living man, Sultan K√∂sen, for the first time on Guinness World Records Day in London.