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

(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."

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.
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)
He Pingping sits on the foot of Sultan Kosen during an event in Istanbul, Jan. 14, 2010. Kosen is 8 foot 1; He was 2-foot-5.
He Pingping sits on the foot of Sultan Kosen during an event in Istanbul, Jan. 14, 2010. Kosen is 8 foot 1; He was 2-foot-5.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
He Pingping of China, 21, holds the finger of Sultan Kosen of Turkey, 27, during an event organized by Guinness World Records in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Kosen is 8-foot-1.
He Pingping of China, 21, holds the finger of Sultan Kosen of Turkey, 27, during an event organized by Guinness World Records in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Kosen is 8-foot-1.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
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