Dzhambulat Khatokhov found fame when he was dubbed 'the world's strongest boy' aged eight – but just 13 years later, he tragically died.

The Russia native was known around the globe for weighing in at 23 stone due to his fledgling career as a sumo wrestler.

Despite weighing a normal 6lb and 6oz when he was born, he weighed an astonishing 7st 8lbs at the age of just three and by the age of six, he tipped the scales at a whopping 15 stone.

By the time he had made headlines the world over, he was 23st 2lb, which was when his sumo wrestling coach Khasan Teusvazhukov said that it was becoming difficult to train him due to the weight.

Despite his training and sumo career, no statistics or career record exists – which could be down to his young age preventing him from competing professionally.

In 2009, Dr Ian Campbell was brought in to examine him.

He said: ”His weight means he has a greatly increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

“As a result of being so heavy so young, his life expectancy is likely to be greatly reduced.”

But his mum, Nelya, disagreed.

She hit back, claiming that her son was “just growing — upwards and outwards. She said: “What can I do about it? This is who he is, this is how God created him.

“We have been through various examinations. Every doctor wanted to find something to explain why Jambik is so big – none of them discovered anything.

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“When he was five I took him to Moscow clinics where we did all the available tests, organ scans and tests on hormones.

“But these showed he's absolutely healthy and his heart, liver and everything else is proportional to his size.

“They say he is healthy so I don't worry. I believe he'll live a long and happy life.”

She also denied giving him steroids.

Aged 17, he weight 36st, and decided to lose weight, shedding 8st, but he died suddenly aged 21 in December 2020.

His cause of death was never revealed, but he was thought to have had acute kidney problems.

News of his death was announced by Betal Gubzhev, the president of the Sumo and Mass Wrestling Federation of Kabardino-Balkaria.

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