World's shortest man dies from heart problems at 21
THE world's shortest man, He Pingping, has died at the age of 21, a 'Guinness World Records' spokesman said yesterday.
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 but passed away on Saturday. It is understood he died of heart complications. '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 yesterday.
He said: "From the moment I laid on eyes on him I knew he was someone special -- he had such a cheeky smile, you couldn't help but be charmed by him. He brightened up the lives of everyone he met."