The world's shortest man, He Pingping, who was just 74.6cm (2ft 5in) tall, has died in Rome.
He was born in 1988 in Wulanchabu, China, with a form of primordial dwarfism, and was officially recognised as the world's shortest man in 2008. He was admitted to hospital two weeks ago after suffering a chest complaint and died on Saturday, but his death has only just been announced.
Guinness World Records said he had made a "huge impact around the world". He Pingping officially became the world's shortest man in 2008. Mr He was in the Italian capital to take part in the filming of a television programme called The Record Show.
Contributed by: Our Special Correspondent
Date: March 24, 2010