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The dad of 'the world's largest family', Ziona Chana, has died aged 76.

Chana, who had 39 wives and 94 children, was the leader of a religious sect called Chana pawl.

The sect allows its males followers to be polygamous.

His huge family also included 33 grandchildren and one great-grandchild as well as 14 daughters-in-law.

It is thought that the family, who all lived together, is the biggest family in the world.

The family lived in a four-storey house with a hundred rooms in the village of Baktawng Tlangnuam in India's Mizoram state.

The region's Chief Minister announced the news on Twitter, writing: "With heavy heart, Mizoram bid farewell to Mr Ziona believed to head the world's largest family.

"Mizoram and his village has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family. Rest in Peace Sir!"

Doctors told PTI news agency that Chana suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

He became ill at home and when his condition deteriorated he was taken to hospital but sadly died.

Chana's unusual lifestyle meant he's hit headlines around the world and his massive mansion has even become a tourist attraction.

The huge house has its own school, workshops, playground, areas to rear livestock and vegetable garden.

Speaking about his brood, Chana once said: "I feel like God's special child. He's given me so many people to look after.

"I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the largest family."

Having such a large family means a lot of food with their typical family meal requiring up to 30 chickens, 132lbs of potatoes and 220lbs of rice.

Chana's eldest wife, Zathiangi, 69, took control of doling out the duties to the other women in the family, who then wouldrun the home – including ploughing through the mountain of washing that needed to be done daily.

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