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World's oldest man dies aged 116

Posted on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments

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Jiroemon Kimura was not just the oldest living human but also the oldest human being that ever lived.

Born on 19 April 1897, Kimura surpassed the previous world record held by Christian Mortense, a Danish immigrant to the US who lived from 1882 to 1998. Officials in Japan announced that Kimura had died in hospital following treatment for pneumonia. The title of world's oldest living human has now been passed to 115-year-old Misao Okawa who is also from Japan.

"Jiroemon Kimura was an exceptional person," said Craig Glenday of Guinness World Records. "As the only man to have ever lived for 116 years - and the oldest man whose age has been fully authenticated - he has a truly special place in world history."

"Jiroemon Kimura, born on 19 April 1897, had been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person and the oldest man ever."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Silver Surfer on 13 June, 2013, 11:36
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ryan 2row on 13 June, 2013, 19:54
Guinness Book of World Records has a man from Japan who lived to 121.
Comment icon #9 Posted by and then on 13 June, 2013, 23:22
He was 6 when the boys flew at Kitty Hawk. 15 when the Titanic sank and 72 when man landed on the moon. In one lifetime he saw the knowledge of humanity increase many, many fold. What a blessed time to live.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Silver Surfer on 14 June, 2013, 0:01
blessed? You mean lucky right?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Seeker79 on 14 June, 2013, 1:59
Is there anyone from the 1800s left alive? If change ocures as rapidly as it did imagine a 100 years from now. I would love to live in a time where we take complete concious control of our biology. Life spans as long as you want. Time to learn and Osborb incredible amounts of knowledge.
Comment icon #12 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 14 June, 2013, 21:47
This guy was alive to witness the Russo-Japanese War Rest in peace Mr Kimura.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Nathan DiYorio on 15 June, 2013, 1:58
blessed? You mean lucky right? Absolutely no reason to pedantically step on people.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Timonthy on 15 June, 2013, 9:32
I don't believe that he is the oldest human being ever lived! See this: http://en.wikipedia....i/Oldest_people What about this Egyptian queen? http://en.wikipedia....i/Hetepheres_II (2723 to 2563 BC) , 160 years!!!!!! 'whose age has been fully authenticated' is the term they used. So I'm not sure how you'll verify how long ol' Hetepheres II lived.
Comment icon #15 Posted by coolguy on 20 June, 2013, 4:05
What a life even this guys brothers all lived to be over 90 this saw a lot of stuff in his life. He was 14 when the titanic sunk.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew on 25 June, 2013, 13:00
Absolutely no reason to pedantically step on people. Sadly there are people that the merest hint of religion expression (i.e. "blessed") causes offense.

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