March 16th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

World's smallest man dies

He Pingping, 21, was Guiness' world's smallest man at 2 feet, 5.37 inches tall.

He Pingping, recognized as the world’s smallest man by Guinness World Records, died during the weekend, Guinness said on its Web site.

The 21-year-old native of China was measured at 2 feet, 5.37 inches tall by Guinness in March 2008, the record keepers said.

He was on visit to Italy to appear on a records show when he died, Guinness said. Autopsy results were pending, but Guinness said it was suspected He died of a heart condition.

“Pingping showed us that, despite the challenges we face, we can still make the most out of life, and for such a small man, he made a huge impact around the world,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday.

Guinness said it plans a special tribute to He in its next edition and was researching who becomes the world’s smallest man with He’s death.

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  1. mrbinns

    He will be missed

    March 17, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Deezy

    little man icall you, you were TITE

    March 17, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris Hudgins

    "How sad. May you rest in peace PingPing. You will be remembered for defying the odds and winning.

    Posted by: Wassim"

    Um, winning?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. cory

    man this little guy was an inspirtion to many people just go love life and to live life to the fullest

    March 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick Jones

    “Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.”

    March 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AMUPITAN,Praise

    Life well spent is not in actual lenght of it but in the effectiveness,selflessness and influence on our fellow mankind.Indeed,little man has done his part RIP

    March 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. austin montani

    my heart and prayers go out to pingpings family i still remember the time i first saw him on tv and me and my sister really love him. our family would sit down and watch him on the gunniss book of world records special on cnn. we all loved him and he was an inprastion to everyone and all little people,and he proved that you dont have to be normal size our amairican our some kind of superstar to accomplish all that. he was an awsome person and we well all remember him. rest in peace little guy god will take care of you now. p.s. we love you pingping and so does god.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anonymous

    Nooooooo! He was my boyfriend ok no he wasn't but i wish he was and now he's gone noooooo!! i love him!!!!!

    April 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kayla

    he appeared on amazing race! rest in peace He Pingping

    April 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ping ping's normal sized homie

    pingping, you were an inspiration to all of us. You were great on the amazing race. Also let this be a lesson to all of the smokers. Smoking a pack a day like PingPing isnt the best idea. His tiny little heart couldnt take it and niether can yours.STOP SMOKING.
    May your soul rest in Peace. RIP.
    WE LOVED U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JoeBob

    Mom always said smoking would stunt your growth. Peace out, PingPong

    May 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. austin montani

    peace out pingping

    December 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. jorge

    blees u

    April 15, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. jorge

    im giy

    April 15, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
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