Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Worlds Shortest Man Dies at 22

He Pingping, holder of the Guinness World Record as the shortest man in the world who is mobile, died yesterday at just 22 years of age. He Pingping was a mere 74.61cm (2’ 5.37”) when officially measured by Guinness World Records in 2008. His shortness was a result of a form of primordial dwarfism. His father He Yun claimed He Pingping was only as small as a palm at birth.

He Pingping who was born in 1988 in Huade County in Wulanchabu, China (Inner Mongolia) spent much of his time travelling the world at event launches, TV shows and photoshoots. He was in Rome taking part in a television show when he suffered chest problems and it was later confirmed he died of heart complications. He Pingping was said to have smoked around 2 packs of cigarettes per day.

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday commenting on this sad loss said that for such a small man he had made a huge impact around the world. "He brightened up the lives of everyone he met, and was an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual”.

He Pingping - the world's shortest man dwarfed by the world's tallest man
He Pingping's successor as the world's shortest man is yet to be announced. Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal who is reportedly 51 centimetres (20 inches) high is likely to claim the title now that he has turned 18 years of age and unlikely to grow further.

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