World's Smallest Man's Life Cut Short
29-inch-tall He Pingping was just 21, suffered heart failure
By M. Morris, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2010 5:50 PM CDT
He Pingping of China and Sultan Kosen of Turkey during a Guinness World Records event in Istanbul, Jan. 14, 2010. At 8-foot-1, Kosen is the world's tallest man; 29-inch He was the world's shortest.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)

(Newser) – The world's shortest man, 29-inch-tall He Pingping, died Saturday. He was 21. A native of China, He was in Rome filming a TV show when he fell ill. "From the moment I laid on eyes on him I knew he was someone special," the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, which certified He's status, told the BBC. "He had such a cheeky smile and mischievous personality, you couldn't help but be charmed by him."

View 2 more images