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World's shortest man, Gul Mohammed, dead

Gul Mohammed, the world's shortest man, died early on Wednesday following a prolonged illness. He was 40.

Mohammed was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan Hospital with lung problems five months ago and has since been undergoing treatment. He died at 5 am.

Mohammed entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992 for being the shortest man at 57.15 cms. He weighed 17 kgs.

A bachelor, he is survived by a brother and two sisters. His parents died a few years ago.

His height prevented Mohammed from working at the family business of bangle manufacturing. He acted in a few teleserials and lived in a small house in Jazarag Seelampur in Old Delhi.

Mohammed was buried on Wednesday evening.

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