|Aditya 'Romeo' Dev|
November 1, 1988|
|Died||September 13, 2012
|Other names||Aditya Kumar (Mitthu)|
|Occupation||Body builder, entertainer, dancer|
Aditya 'Romeo' Dev (1 November 1988 – 13 September 2012) was an Indian body builder, entertainer and dancer with dwarfism made famous by being reported in the British press in February 2008. Romeo could shoulder press custom made 2 kg dumbbells, a notable feat given his 9 kg (20 lbs.) body weight and 84 cm (2' 9") stature. Although it has not been published in a Guinness World Records book, in 2006 they recognized him to be the "world's smallest bodybuilder".
Romeo had a head of 38 cm (15 inches) and a chest of 51 cm (20 inches). He maintained his figure by working with his trainer Ranjeet Pal.
Dev made many appearances on local television to demonstrate his dancing abilities.
In summer of 2008, Dev was diagnosed with aneurysms which, if left untreated, are a serious threat to his life. Aneurysms and Moyamoya are common symptoms of the syndrome MOPD II, which was the cause of Dev's small stature.
He died on 13 September 2012 after a brain aneurysm rupture.
- Romeo Dev, the world's smallest bodybuilder - Telegraph
- Mini-muscleman: Meet the world's smallest bodybuilder | the Daily Mail
- "World’s Smallest Bodybuilder Dies at Age 23". ABC News. 13 September 2012.
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