He was called “cheeky” and “mischievous,” and now Guinness record holder He Pingping will be called the former smallest man in the world. At only 21 years old, He (he) died in Rome after being admitted to a hospital with chest pains.
He, born with primordial dwarfism, was 2 feet 5 inches tall. That’s roughly as tall as an average sized nightstand, or a briefcase, or a teddy bear you might win at a carnival. He was born in Inner Mongolia which, oddly enough, is also where the former tallest man in the world lives.
Regrettably for He, he was a chain smoker, a habit that in combination with his genetic disorder produces profoundly bad results. Primordial dwarfism affects between 100,000 and 500,000 people in the U.S. alone–a rare condition, but not as rare as you might think. The oldest living person with the condition is in her mid forties.
The next likely smallest man in the world is an 18 year old from Nepal who is 22 inches tall.
Here’s a video clip of He when he met the woman with the world’s longest legs (I wonder how that gets judged, exactly?). And below that is He meeting the world’s tallest man.The last one is a sort of homage video showing He just doing his thing.
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