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World's shortest man dies at age 21

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
City: Oxford
Country: England
Date: March 24, 2010