Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

World's oldest person dies aged 116

Jiroemon Kimura had been recognised as the world's oldest living man - and the oldest man ever to have lived (AP)

Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who had been recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person, the oldest living man and the oldest man ever, has died of natural causes. He was 116.

Mr Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born on April 19, 1897.

According to Guinness, Mr Kimura is the first man in history to have lived to 116 years old.

He became the oldest man ever on December 28 2012, at the age of 115 years, 253 days, breaking the record set by Christian Mortensen, a Danish immigrant to the United States, whose life spanned from 1882-1998.

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