Sumo wrestler called ‘world’s strongest kid’ as a toddler dies aged 21

A sumo wrestler who won the title of "world's strongest kid" as a child has died aged 21.

Dzhambulat Khatokhov was given the title when he was a toddler after becoming a fighter in Russia.

He first found fame at that young age and was hailed the strongest and heaviest kid on the planet.

The youngster was well-known across the world and had appeared in documentaries.

However, there was a deep concern regarding his weight and health.

The cause of death has not been disclosed but reports say he had suffered from acute kidney problems.

His passing was announced by Betal Gubzhev, 29, the president of Sumo and Mass Wrestling Federation of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Russian region where he lived.

At the age of six, he weighed 15 stone and wore men’s shoes, size ten.

By nine, the boy – known as Dzhambik or Jambik but nicknamed Gladiator by his schoolmates – weighed 23st 2lb, more than the combined total of four classmates.

His mother Nelya, a nurse, then 42, hit back at the time in the international media at claims she was neglecting the health of her child.

"He is just growing — upwards and outwards. What can I do about it? This is who he is, this is how God created him,” she said.

As a baby his prams required reinforced wheels after five of them broke.

At birth he had weighed a typical 6lb 6oz but by his first birthday he was more than two stone.

Called the world’s “fattest kid” in the media, he was examined by a British doctor Ian Campbell who warned in 2009: "Jambik's health is dire.

“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 mother said she had taken him to local and Moscow doctors and that none of them could find any medical problem causing his excess weight.

“We have been through various examinations. Every doctor wanted to find something to explain why Jambik is so big,” she said at the time.

"None of them discovered anything. 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 angrily denied putting him on steroids, but encouraged him being called the “world’s strongest boy”.

She hit back at her critics: ”Do people think I am a killer? Can they really suggest that a mother can do this to her child?

"Look at his medical record."

His first wrestling coach in Nalshik admitted it was hard to train him.

Khasan Teusvazhukov, 48, said: “He usually does running and gymnastics but I do not give him full exercises.

“He won't be able to do most of these anyway because of his size.

"We try to be cautious with him. The doctors may say he is fine, but he doesn't look like it and I do not want to cause him any damage.”

Gubzhev said: “The first sumo wrestler of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic Dzhambulat Khatokhov has passed away.

“My condolences to his relatives and friends.”

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