The world’s shortest man, Dies age 21

Mar 15, 10 The world’s shortest man, Dies age 21

PingpingThe shortest man in the world, He Pingping, who had just 74.6cm (2ft 5in) tall, died in Rome.

He was born in 1988 in Wulanchabu, China, with a form of primordial dwarfism and was officially recognized as the shortest man in the world in 2008.

He was admitted to hospital two weeks ago after suffering a chest and died on Saturday, but his death has just been announced.

Guinness World Records said it had “an enormous impact in the world.”

“From the moment I laid eyes on him I knew he was someone special – it was such a cheeky smile and mischievous personality, could not help but be seduced by him “said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in – chief.

He Pingping in a photo file from 14/1/2010
Pingping officially became the shortest man in the world in 2008

“For a man so small he had a huge impact in the world,” he added.

Mr Pingping was in the Italian capital to participate in the filming of a television show called The Record.

According to the TV production company Europroduzione, he had already shot two episodes of the program when he complained of discomfort.

“He began to feel a little sick and we decided to take him to hospital. He entered the hospital two weeks ago and had all sorts of tests, being a very special person, he had to go though all kinds of tests. He went into intensive care three days after he was admitted, said Marco Fernandez de Araoz, director of communications Europroduzione.

He said Mr Pingping died Saturday afternoon at the request of his family, his body was returned to China for burial.

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