A Japanese man recognised as the world’s oldest living person,
and the oldest man recorded in history, has died aged 116, local
Jiroemon Kimura died of natural causes on Wednesday in a hospital in Kyotango, Kyoto, a government statement said.
In December, Guinness World Records recorded Mr. Kimura as
the oldest man ever verified to have lived.
He reportedly had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-
grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
The BBC reports that Mr. Kimura was born on 19 April 1897, the
same year as aviator Amelia Earhart.
He worked in his local post office until retiring and was said to
have helped his son with his farming until he was around 90
He became the world’s oldest living person in December, when
the previous title-holder died.
In an interview in December, his nephew, Tamotsu Miyake, said
Kimura had “an amazingly strong will to live.”
“He is strongly confident that he lives right and well.”