Aditya Dev

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Aditya 'Romeo' Dev
Born(1988-11-01)1 November 1988
Died13 September 2012(2012-09-13) (aged 23)
Other namesAditya Kumar (Mitthu)
OccupationBody builder, entertainer, dancer

Aditya 'Romeo' Dev (1 November 1988 – 13 September 2012) was an Indian bodybuilder, entertainer and dancer with dwarfism made famous by being reported in the British press in February 2008.[1] 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.[2] Although it has not been published in a Guinness World Records book, in 2006 they recognized him to be the "world's smallest bodybuilder".[3]

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.[4]

Dev made many appearances on local television to demonstrate his dancing abilities.[2]

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.[citation needed]

He died on 13 September 2012 after a brain aneurysm rupture.[3]


  1. ^ "Romeo Dev, the world's smallest bodybuilder - Telegraph". 3 April 2008. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b "Mini-muscleman: Meet the world's smallest bodybuilder". Mail Online. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "World's Smallest Bodybuilder Dies at Age 23". ABC News. 13 September 2012.
  4. ^ "World's Smallest Bodybuilder, Aditya 'Romeo' Dev of India, Causing Huge Stir". Fox News. 12 February 2008. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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