Top 13 Shortest People In The World Of All Time
Top 13 Shortest People In The World Of All Time
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The greatest of minds is not necessarily in the greatest of sizes as men and women of relatively minute statures have acquired quite a fair share of fame and fortune.

Dwarfism is caused from any of more than 200 medical conditions which include bone disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta which hinders sufferers from attaining full adult size and metabolic and hormonal disorders such as growth hormone deficiency.

Here is the list of 13 shortest people in the world of all time, which were verified.

What is Dwarfism?

Dwarfism is short stature that results from a genetic or medical condition. Dwarfism is generally defined as an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches (147 centimeters) or less. The average adult height among people with dwarfism is 4 feet (122 cm).

Many different medical conditions cause dwarfism. In general, the disorders are divided into two broad categories:

♦ Disproportionate dwarfism. If body size is disproportionate, some parts of the body are small, and others are of average size or above-average size. Disorders causing disproportionate dwarfism inhibit the development of bones.

♦ Proportionate dwarfism. A body is proportionately small if all parts of the body are small to the same degree and appear to be proportioned like a body of average stature. Medical conditions present at birth or appearing in early childhood limit overall growth and development.

Some people prefer the term "short stature" or "little people" rather than "dwarf" or "dwarfism." So it's important to be sensitive to the preference of someone who has this disorder. Short stature disorders do not include familial short stature — short height that's considered a normal variation with normal bone development.


Signs and symptoms — other than short stature — vary considerably across the spectrum of disorders.

Disproportionate dwarfism

Most people with dwarfism have disorders that cause disproportionately short stature. Usually, this means that a person has an average-size trunk and very short limbs, but some people may have a very short trunk and shortened (but disproportionately large) limbs. In these disorders, the head is disproportionately large compared with the body.

Almost all people with disproportionate dwarfism have normal intellectual capacities. Rare exceptions are usually the result of a secondary factor, such as excess fluid around the brain (hydrocephalus).

The most common cause of dwarfism is a disorder called achondroplasia, which causes disproportionately short stature. This disorder usually results in the following:

• An average-size trunk

• Short arms and legs, with particularly short upper arms and upper legs

• Short fingers, often with a wide separation between the middle and ring fingers

• Limited mobility at the elbows

• A disproportionately large head, with a prominent forehead and a flattened bridge of the nose

• Progressive development of bowed legs

• Progressive development of swayed lower back

• An adult height around 4 feet (122 cm)

Another cause of disproportionate dwarfism is a rare disorder called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SEDC). Signs may include:

• A very short trunk

• A short neck

• Shortened arms and legs

• Average-size hands and feet

• Broad, rounded chest

• Slightly flattened cheekbones

• Opening in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate)

• Hip deformities that result in thighbones turning inward

• A foot that's twisted or out of shape

• Instability of the neck bones

• Progressive hunching curvature of the upper spine

• Progressive development of swayed lower back

• Vision and hearing problems

• Arthritis and problems with joint movement

• Adult height ranging from 3 feet (91 cm) to just over 4 feet (122 cm)

Proportionate dwarfism

Proportionate dwarfism results from medical conditions present at birth or appearing in early childhood that limit overall growth and development. So the head, trunk and limbs are all small, but they're proportionate to each other. Because these disorders affect overall growth, many of them result in poor development of one or more body systems.

Growth hormone deficiency is a relatively common cause of proportionate dwarfism. It occurs when the pituitary gland fails to produce an adequate supply of growth hormone, which is essential for normal childhood growth. Signs include:

• Height below the third percentile on standard pediatric growth charts

• Growth rate slower than expected for age

• Delayed or no sexual development during the teen years


Most dwarfism-related conditions are genetic disorders, but the causes of some disorders are unknown. Most occurrences of dwarfism result from a random genetic mutation in either the father's sperm or the mother's egg rather than from either parent's complete genetic makeup.


About 80 percent of people with achondroplasia are born to parents of average height. A person with achondroplasia and with two average-size parents received one mutated copy of the gene associated with the disorder and one normal copy of the gene. A person with the disorder may pass along either a mutated or normal copy to his or her own children.

Turner syndrome

Turner syndrome, a condition that affects only girls and women, results when a sex chromosome (the X chromosome) is missing or partially missing. A female inherits an X chromosome from each parent. A girl with Turner syndrome has only one fully functioning copy of the female sex chromosome rather than two.

Growth hormone deficiency

The cause of growth hormone deficiency can sometimes be traced to a genetic mutation or injury, but for most people with the disorder, no cause can be identified.

Other causes

Other causes of dwarfism include other genetic disorders, deficiencies in other hormones or poor nutrition. Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Who is Chandra Bahadur Dangi - World's Shortest Man?

Top Shortest People in the World of All Time

1. Chandra Bahadur Dangi (21.5 inches tall, 54.6cm)

Photo: Guinness World Records
Photo: Guinness World Records

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (30 November 1939 – 3 September 2015) was a Nepali man who was the shortest man in recorded history measuring 54.6 cm (1 ft 9+1⁄2 in). Dangi was a primordial dwarf. He broke the record previously set by Gul Mohammed (1957–1997), whose height was 57 cm (1 ft 10 in).

Dangi came to the attention of the media when a wood contractor saw him in his village in the Dang district of Nepal. He was awarded the title of shortest adult human ever recorded after his height was measured in February 2012. He was subsequently included in the Guinness World Records. Three of his five brothers were less than 1.22 m (four feet) tall, while his two sisters and two other brothers are of average height.

Dangi was born on 30 November 1939. It is unknown what medical condition limited his growth. He lived in a remote village, Reemkholi, approximately 400 kilometres (250 mi) away from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. Before being recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's shortest man in 2012, he had never left his home village. After being awarded the title, he said he had always wished to travel to all parts of his country and the world. He stated that being the shortest man in the world and a citizen of Nepal, he wanted to use his status to popularise his country.

In 2012, at the age of 72, Dangi met the world's shortest woman, Jyoti Amge of Nagpur, India. The pair posed together for the 57th edition of The Guinness Book of Records in 2013. On 13 November 2014, as part of Guinness World Records Day, Dangi met the world's tallest living man, Sultan Kösen, at an event in London.

Dangi died in American Samoa on 3 September 2015 at the age of 75, at the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago. His exact cause of death was not disclosed, although The Kathmandu Post reported that he had previously been suffering from pneumonia. He had been touring the South Pacific for much of the year with Samoa's Tupa'l Bruno's Magic Circus.

2. Lin Yu-chih (26.6 inches tall, 67.5 cm)

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Photo: infyworld

Lin Yu-chih is the former world’s shortest man according to the Guinness world records. He resides in Taipei, Taiwan, where he works as an author and social activist. His name has sometimes been misspelled as Lin Yih-chih. In May 2008 he appeared in the British Channel 4 documentary called "The World"s Smallest Manitoba and Maine" hosted by Mark Dolan.

Lin suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic bone disorder that hinders normal growth of bone and bodily height.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records he is 67.5 cm (2 ft 258 in) tall. Others have also claimed the "Shortest Manitoba" title.

He Pingping, from China, measured 73 cm (2 ft 474 in) high and in 2007 was crowned as the world"s shortest man who could walk. In 2006, disallowed an application from a then fourteen-year-old Nepalese boy, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who has since turned 18 and taken the title of "World"s Shortest Manitoba".

Others have also claimed the 'Shortest Man' title. He Pingping, from China, measured 73 cm (2 ft 4.74 in) high and in 2007 was crowned as the world's shortest man who could walk. In 2006, Guinness World Records disallowed an application from a then fourteen-year-old Nepalese boy, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who has since turned 18 and taken the title of 'World's Shortest Man'.

3. Khagendra Thapa Magar (26 inches tall, 67cm)

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

Khagendra Thapa Magar (Nepali: खगेन्द्र थापामगर) (4 October 1992 – 17 January 2020) was a Nepali once known as the shortest man in the world, measuring 0.67 m (2 ft 2 in). Magar, who was a primordial dwarf, won the title of shortest man from Edward Niño Hernández.

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Khagendra Thapa Magar has received more than 224,107 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Khagendra Thapa Magar is the 2,611th most popular religious figure (down from 2,224th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Nepal (down from 43rd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Religious Figure.

Over the past year Khagendra Thapa Magar has had the most page views in the Russian wikipedia edition with 38,537 views, followed by English (23,055) and Italian (5,534). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Kazakh (74.05%), Bengali (40.76%), and Armenian (35.54%)

Magar died in a Pokhara hospital on 17 January 2020 after complications from pneumonia at the age of 27.

4. Bridgette Jordan (69 cm)

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Photo: IMdB

Bridgette Marie Jordan (June 9, 1989 – June 12, 2019) was the smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records at 2 ft 3in (69 cm). She was also one of the shortest living siblings according to Guinness World Records with her younger brother Brad was 38 inches tall at 20 years old (in 2011). The siblings were born with a rare genetic condition called Microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II. Bridgette Jordan was the smallest woman in the USA. She lived in Sandoval, Illinois, having attended college at Kaskaskia College. She enjoyed dancing and cheerleading. She was on the cheer squad for Kaskaskia. She wore an infant size 2 shoe.

Jordan received the record from the previous Guinness record holder, Elif Kocaman of Kadirli, Turkey, who measured 2 feet, 4.5 inches on September 20, 2011, but then lost the record to Jyoti Amge of Nagpur, India, on December 16, 2011, when Amge turned 18.

Jordan was born weighing in at 1 pound, 12 ounces and was 12.5 inches long. Her brother Brad was born weighing 2 pounds, 4 ounces, and measured 13.5 inches long. Together, the two only reached 5 ft 5in. Brad Jordan died on February 21, 2017, at the age of 25. Bridgette Jordan died on June 12, 2019.

Bridgette’s brother, Brad, was 98 cm (38.6 in) tall. The siblings’ small size was caused by the condition Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II.

Being the world’s shortest woman didn’t stop Bridgette from living life to it’s fullest though - she was a cheerleader at college and enjoyed dancing too.

Bridgette sadly passed away on June 12, 2019, aged 30.

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5. Jyoti Kisange Amge (24.7 inches tall, 62.8 cm)

Photo: ABC News
Photo: ABC News

Born on December 16 1993 and holding the record for the ”world’s smallest living woman” is the Indian Jyoti Kisange Amge according to the Guiness World Records. She was officially declared ”world’s smallest living woman” on her 18th birthday with a height of 62.8 centimeters. She suffers from a genetic disorder called achondriaplasia. Jyoti has bagged several media appearances appearing in the 2009 documentary entitle “Body Shock”. In addition, as a guest participant in an Indian television show called Bigg Boss 6. And she was also in the cast in the fourth season of American Horror Story as Ma petite in 2014.

Jyoti is also a cook, entrepreneur and a writer having released her book Jain Monk Tarun Sagar’s Kadve Pravachan (Bitter Utterances) on 18 August 2013 spanning 30 feet by 24 feet in size and weighing 2000 kilograms. One of her biggest hopes and dreams is to win an Oscar award.

Amge was featured in the 2009 documentary titled Body Shock: Two Foot Tall Teen. She was also a guest participant on Bigg Boss 6, an Indian television show. On 13 August 2014, she was cast in the fourth season of American Horror Story: Freak Show as Ma Petite.

In 2012, she met the world's shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal. The pair posed together for the 57th edition of the Guinness World Records.

Amge, together with Teo Mammucari, co-hosted Lo show dei record in 2012 on the Italian channel Canale 5.

In August 2014, Amge was cast in American Horror Story: Freak Show where she appeared as Ma Petite which premiered 8 October 2014.

Her wax statue is also present in Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala.

6. He Pingping (74.6 cm)

Photo: HuffPost
Photo: HuffPost

He Pingping (China, b. 1988 – d. 2010) claimed the vacant title of shortest man living in 2008.

He measured 74 cm (2 ft 5 in) tall, and was the third child of a family in Huade county, in the city of Ulanqab in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. He had two sisters, both of whom developed at normal rates. According to his father, He Yun, at birth he was small enough to fit in the palm of his parents' hands. When it became apparent the child was growing very slowly, doctors diagnosed the cause as the bone deformity osteogenesis imperfecta, which hinders normal bone growth and body height. He was a chain smoker.

In January 2007, he was invited to take part on a television program in Tokyo, Japan. His home of Inner Mongolia is also home to Bao Xishun, who at 2.36 metres (7 ft 9 in) tall was recognized by Guinness as the world's tallest man until September 2009. Their televised meeting in July 2007 attracted global media attention. In May 2008 he appeared in the British Channel 4 documentary called The World's Smallest Man and Me hosted by Mark Dolan. In the episode He and his family spent time with Mark who stayed over to celebrate Chinese New Year. In September 2008 he appeared with the world's longest-legged woman, Svetlana Pankratova, in London's Trafalgar Square, to publicize the release of the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2006 Guinness World Records disallowed an application from a then fourteen-year-old Nepalese boy, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 53 cm (1 ft 9 in), but reviewed the case once he reached 18 years of age in October 2010, when he was measured at 67 cm (2 ft 2 in).

Following his January 2007 appearance on television, in 2008 his status as the world's shortest man was verified by Guinness World Records. His height was measured three times over the course of 10 hours before he received a certificate officially naming him as the world’s shortest man.

In September 2007, he travelled to the U.S. to help launch the 2008 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records in New York City, which certified him as the world's smallest man.

On 25 April 2010, he was featured in the tenth episode of the 16th season of the American reality show The Amazing Race, filmed earlier in Shanghai. The episode was dedicated in his memory.

Pingping was admitted to a hospital on 3 March 2010 in Rome, after complaining of chest pains. He had been filming Lo show dei record. He died on 13 March 2010 of heart complications at the age of 21. The Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday, said that he was "an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual."

7. Pauline Musters (24 inches tall, 61cm)

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Photo: Getty Images

In the history of the world, little Pauline Musters is the smallest mature woman ever officially recorded. Pauline was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having stood only 1 foot 11.2 inches in height.

Born on February 26, 1876 in Ossendrecht in the Netherlands Pauline Munster’s was almost half of her final height straight from her mother’s womb. At birth, she was just over 12 inches. At age nine, the tiny dynamo weighed only three pounds and in adulthood Pauline Munster weighed less than nine pounds. Her measurements at age 19 were 181/2 -19-17, meaning she had curvy little figure and in truth she had no shortage of male suitors.

Pauline began her profession career as an infant. At that time the public simply marveled at her tiny proportions, but as she grew older Pauline took to performing as well. She was eventually known for being an adept acrobat and for skilfully dancing with partners drawn from the audience. As her performances progressed in quality, Pauline took on many unique stage names. She was perhaps best known simply as Princess Pauline and on par with her name she took to wearing remarkable elegant gowns on stage, with details and stitching so minute that the garments themselves were a wonder to behold.

During her career, Princess Pauline toured Belgium, Germany, France and Britain before being invited to perform in the United States in 1894. She debuted in New York City’s Proctor’s Theatre on New Year’s Eve before a stunned and thoroughly charmed audience. She performed with a grace that moved those who saw her. She was a fairy, a tiny regal princess on a huge stage dancing what she felt in her heart – and it was beautiful. Princess Pauline quickly became the darling of New York.

Tragically, while Pauline’s star burnt brilliantly, it expired far too quickly.Shortly after arriving in New York the diminutive Princess contracted pneumonia and meningitis. Pauline Musters succumbed to illness on March 1, 1895 in New York and the world lost its smallest but greatest miracle.

8. Lucia Zarate (67 cm (26.5 in))

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Photo: Google Arts And Culture

Lucía Zaráte (January 2, 1864 – January 15, 1890) was a Mexican entertainer with dwarfism who performed in sideshows. Zaráte is the first person to have been identified with Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II. She was entered into the Guinness World Records as the "lightest recorded adult", weighing only 4.7 pounds (2.1 kg) at the age of 17.

She was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and settled on the Agostadero, (later Cempoala), Veracruz. According to an 1894 article in Strand Magazine, Zaráte achieved her full growth by the age of one year. Her family home, Casa Grande (Big House) is open to the public as a museum.

At age twelve, Zaráte moved from Mexico over to the United States, where she was exhibited for her small stature. She first worked as part of an act billed as the "Fairy Sisters", later partnering with Francis Joseph Flynn (billed under the stage name "General Mite") to exhibit internationally. In 1889 she was billed in The Washington Post as the "marvelous Mexican midget" and described as "a tiny but all powerful magnet to draw the public."

At age twelve, Zaráte moved from Mexico over to the United States, where she was exhibited for her small stature. She first worked as part of an act billed as the "Fairy Sisters", later partnering with Francis Joseph Flynn (billed under the stage name "General Mite") to exhibit internationally. In 1889 she was billed in The Washington Post as the "marvelous Mexican midget" and described as "a tiny but all powerful magnet to draw the public."

An 1876 book published by Oxford University discussed a visit to Zaráte paid by several medical professionals, who could not certainly verify that she was twelve years old, but they could ascertain through her dental development that she was at least six years old. She weighed 14 pounds at her peak at age 20. At the time, her height was measured at 20 in (510 mm) tall, and her calf was measured as 4 in (100 mm) in circumference, 1 in (25 mm) more than the thumb of an average adult man. She was with her parents at the time and found to be healthy and intelligent, able to speak some English along with her native Spanish.

After her circus train became stranded in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains, Zarate died of hypothermia in 1890.

9. Edith Barlow (78.7 cm (31 in))

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Photo: Twitter

Edith Barlow was born at Bramley, Rotherham, in 1925 and died aged 25 being only 22" tall and weighed 17lbs (7.72 kgs).

Edith was the daughter of Mrs H Barker and Mr George Barlow.

She weighed only 1.1/2lbs when born and was raised on brandy and water.

Up to the age of 6 months, Edith was wrapped in cotton wool soaked in olive oil.

A specialist saw Edith at the age of two and told her mother that she had been 'wonderful to keep her', suggesting she should not keep her after the age of three.

Edith suffered with bronchitis and was double jointed in both arms and legs.

Edith was otherwise normally developed physically and mentally.

Her education set a major problem for she could not be accepted as a pupil at a Rotherham school since it was said she would distract the attention of other pupils.

As ratepayers, her family were far from satisfied with this state of affairs.

However, while staying for periods with her grandmother at Bolton, Edith managed to obtain some schooling.

She had, in fact, progressed so far as to be able to use a typewriter.

It was while staying at Bolton during 1947 that she became interested in show business and joined a travelling fair, visiting Newcastle, Bradford and other towns.

Her mother, who travelled with her, shared the same trailer caravan.

Mrs Parker was a normal sized woman, who's husband was sturdily built and six feet tall.

In 1948 Edith again appeared at fairs in the sema show, chiefly in the nort and midland areas.

Her employer was Mr John White jnr of Doncaster.

Edith's sisters told of occasions when she was taken to Rotherham cinemas and attendants requested the 'grown up' accompanying her not to let 'that child' occupy a seat but to keep her on her knee!

The reactions of Edith, who loved a cigarette now and then and the occasional guinnes her doctor prescribed for her, were not difficult to imagine.

In August 1948, her colleagues moved on from Southend.

Where? not even her sisters knew until they received a letter.

Edith died in Newcastle, she was taken to hospital but said "the show must go on" and died in her caravan at town moor.

At the time, her address was given as Vernon Road, Broom, Rotherham.

10. Junrey Balawing (23.6 inches tall, 59.9 cm)

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Junrey Balawing (born June 12, 1993 – July 28, 2020) was a Filipino record holder at the Guinness World Records for the world's shortest man alive measuring at 60.00 centimetres (23.62 in) tall. The declaration came during Balawing's 18th birthday celebration. Guinness World Records official said Balawing broke the record of Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal, who was 0.67 m (2 ft 2+1⁄3 in) tall.

He stopped growing at the age of 1. Balawing, the son of a poor blacksmith, was born and lived in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, about 865 kilometres (537 mi) south of the capital Manila. Although he was documented as the shortest living man, he missed the title of shortest man in history, which was held until 2012 by Gul Mohammed of India, who was 57 centimetres (22 in) tall and died on October 1, 1997.

In February 2012, Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal, who stands 54.6 centimetres (21.5 in) tall was declared the world's shortest living man ever. As a result, Junrey held the record for less than a year.

Following the death of Chandra Bahadur Dangi on September 3, 2015, Balawing held the title of the shortest living man until his own death at age 27 on July 28, 2020. Prior to his death, he resided in Dapitan City with his family.

11. Mihaly Meszaros (83 cm (33 in) tall)

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Photo: Getty Images

Mihaly "Michu" Meszaros (Hungarian: Mészáros Mihály; 1 October 1939 – 12 June 2016) was a Hungarian actor, circus performer/entertainer, and stuntman. As an American citizen, he was best remembered as a performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and for his role in the NBC sitcom ALF. He was 2 feet 9 inches (0.84 m) tall. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Meszaros was a television and film actor, and he also appeared opposite pop singer Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial. His last appearance was in 2015's Death to Cupid.

For the first season of the ALF television series, Meszaros donned a costume whenever a full-body shot was needed for scenes of the alien walking, running, or standing. For the most part, however, upper-body shots of a mechanical puppet were used instead, since the full-body costume was extremely hot and uncomfortable for the actor to wear for long periods of time under bright studio lights. The ALF puppet and costume can be distinguished on first view because the head proportions are slightly different.

Meszaros also was a member of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the former "smallest man in the world". As a youngster, he attended a state-run school of circus arts, becoming well versed in such performing skills as juggling, acrobatics and pantomime. For many years, American circus producers Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld had heard of the existence, somewhere in Hungary, of a man almost too small to believe. The producers finally located him in 1973; astonished at his size and talents, they made immediate arrangements to bring Meszaros from the Hungarian circus to the United States.

As a circus performer, he trained and presented white standard poodles for his act. Standing on their hind legs, the dogs appeared much taller than their diminutive but commanding trainer. Circus audiences nationwide cheered his dignified though slightly comedic role, in which he was billed as the "Smallest Man in the World". In the so-called Grand Spectacle performance of 1982 and 1983, Meszaros would portray a character known as the Marshal of Marshmallow Gulch, resplendent in a well-tailored white, silver and gold costume encrusted with rhinestones, along with matching cowboy hat and silver boots.

In the 1980s Hawthorne, California, where he resided, named the shortest street in that city "Michu Lane" in his honor.

On 12 June 2016, his manager Dennis Varga announced that Meszaros was in a comatose state in a Los Angeles hospital, after Varga discovered him unconscious on his bathroom floor. He had numerous health issues since a stroke eight years earlier. He died at the Providence Little Company of Mary medical center in Torrance the following night.

His memorial service was held at Dearly Departed Tours & Artifact Museum, where his remains are inurned and on public display along with items from his life and career.

12. Edward Niño Hernandez (70.2 cm (27.6 in))

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Photo: Twitter

Edward Niño Hernández (born May 10, 1986) is the world's shortest living mobile man. He was certified on September 4, 2010 by the Guinness World Records. At 24 years of age Hernandez was 0.7 m (2 ft 3+1⁄2 in) tall and weighed 10 kg (22 lb). At 33 years of age Hernandez was 0.721 m (2 ft 4+1⁄2 in) tall. He lives in Bogotá, Colombia.

The previous titleholder, He Pingping of Inner Mongolia, was 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) taller and died on March 13, 2010 in Rome, Italy, where he was filming the TV program Lo show dei record. Hernandez's reign ended on October 14, 2010 when Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal turned 18. He reclaimed the record following Magar's death on January 17, 2020.

He appeared on the TV programme Susana Giménez in Argentina.

Edward wants people to know there is more to him than meets the eye. He loves dancing to reggaetón music and enjoying life.

"I use my smile to conquer the world! I always share my big smile with everyone; that’s my charm."

13. Nelson de la Rosa (72 cm (28.3 in))

Nelson de la Rosa Martínez (c. 1967/1968 – October 22, 2006), a.k.a. Mahow, was a Dominican actor and one of the shortest men of the 20th and 21st centuries. Nelson measured 71 centimeters tall (about 2 feet 4 inches).

De la Rosa starred in the 1987 feature Italian horror film made in Dominican Republic called Ratman. During the 1990s Nelson continued his path to international success by becoming a staple guest at Venevision's television show Súper Sábado Sensacional in Venezuela, and, later on, he would be invited as a guest to Don Francisco's show, Sábado Gigante, and to other Univision shows. His popularity took him to other Hispanic countries such as Argentina, where he featured several times in Susana Giménez show, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and others. He married, and had a son.

He had a minor role in the Hollywood production The Island of Dr. Moreau, where he shared scenes with Marlon Brando, among others. This role is said to be the inspiration for the Austin Powers movie character Mini-Me, as well as Kevin who accompanies Dr. Alphonse Mephisto in South Park. Another very popular appearance was in the video for the song Coolo by the Argentine hip hop group Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas. De la Rosa had been approached by many American media operators and television shows, such as ESPN and others, for a feature about his life. So far, however, no plans to film a documentary about him have been completed.

De la Rosa befriended then Boston Red Sox pitcher and fellow Dominican, Pedro Martínez, who began to take de la Rosa to playoff games as a good luck charm during the 2004 MLB playoffs.

He was a main attraction in the "Hermanos Mazzini" and "Las Águilas Humanas" circuses, which marketed him as the Guinness World Record-holder for world's smallest man at 54 cm (21.25 inches), though this organization does not endorse this claim.

He died at the age of 38, October 22, 2006, in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, reportedly from heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer De Leonel, and son who was 9. His remains were transferred to the Dominican Republic, and buried in the Cristo Redentor cemetery.

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