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The world's shortest man, He Pingping, dies aged 22

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.

Mr Pingping was in the Italian capital to take part in the filming of a television programme called The Record Show.

Pictures show Mr Pingping with his sister and brother-in-law at their restaurant in the Inner Mongolia region of China .

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