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World's smallest man: He Pingping died after becoming ill while filming a TV programme
The world's shortest man, He Pingping, has died at the age of 21, a Guinness World Records spokesman said today.
Pingping, who was 29
inches tall, was filming a television programme in Italy when he
developed chest problems.
The Chinese-born man, who became a
record-holder in March 2008, was taken to hospital in Rome for treatment
but passed away on Saturday. It is understood he died of heart
Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig
Glenday, who measured Pingping in Inner Mongolia to confirm his status
as the world's smallest man, paid tribute to him today.
He said: 'From the moment I laid on eyes on him I knew he was someone special - he had such a cheeky smile and mischievous personality, you couldn't help but be charmed by him.
'He brightened up the lives of everyone he met, and was an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual.'
Pingping, who was born with a form of
primordial dwarfism, had been accompanied by his brother-in-law on the
trip to Europe to film records show Lo Show Dei Record.
His successor will be announced at a later date, Guinness World Records said.
large: He Pingping with the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen
"For such a small man, he made a huge impact around the world," Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said, according to the BBC .
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