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Bloke ‘at peace’ with world’s longest nose and epic sense of smell dies suddenly
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A man who has the world's largest nose, sticking out his face at a whopping 3.5 inches (8.8cm), has sadly passed away.
Mehmet Özyürek, from Turkey, was awarded the title of longest nose on a living person (male) three times and was 75-years-old, suffering a heart attack before he was due to undergo surgery last week.
Mehmet’s loved ones said an emotional goodbye to him as they laid him to rest in his hometown of Artvin in Turkey, according to Guinness World Records.
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Mynet reports his son Barış said: “I sincerely thank the people of Artvin and their fans. We have pain.
"My father was very kind-hearted, he tried not to offend anyone. My father was not only at peace with his nose, he was at peace with his life.”
He was always intensely proud of his snout, and its smelling abilities. He told Guinness World Records in 2021: “My sense of smell is different from other people.
"I say 'there is a smell here'. Other people say 'we don’t smell that smell'. I say, 'you may not smell it but I can'.
"For example, I enter my house… I can immediately tell which dish is cooked."
Mehmet said that his distinctive large nose was a family trait. “I have such a special feature,” Mehmet said.
“I love it, this feature. The world likes it, Guinness World Records likes it, of course, my wife likes it too!
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“It’s a genetic condition as far as I understand. There was no explanation by doctors, but I have it in my family, so my father has it, my uncles have it, I have it.
“God made me like this, there is nothing that can be done in this situation. I learned to live in peace with my physique."
The longest recorded nose in history belonged to Englishman Thomas Wedders.
The 18th century Yorkshireman's snout measured an incredible 7.5 inches (19cm).
Blog Weird Historian describes Wedders as a member of a "travelling circus", where he showed off his schnoz.
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