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Oldest Man in the World Passes Away at 116

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest man in the world is, or I should say was, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan. Kimura passed away at the age of 116 on June 11, 2013 at 2:08 a.m. of natural causes.

He is believed to be the last man alive that was born in the 1800’s with a birth date of April 19, 1897. At the time of his birth, life expectancy in Japan was only 44, today Japan’s life expectancy is 83 years. Kimura was the oldest man in recorded history at 116, but the overall title for longevity goes to a female, France’s Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at 122 years old.

Kimura was a postal worker for 45 years in Japan retiring in 1962 at the age of 65 then spent most of the rest of his life helping his son work on his farm, reading newspapers and watching sumo wrestling on T.V. His wife passed away in 1974 at the age of 74 but 5 of his siblings lived to be 90 to 100 years old.

Kimura is survived by 5 children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Bloomberg.com

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