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The oldest man to have ever lived has died

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Japan's Jiroemon Kimura has passed away at the age of 116 years and 54 days. Guinness World Records is recognizing him as the oldest man in recorded history.


He died of natural causes in a hospital after being admitted for pneumonia on May 11. Over the past several days his response, blood-sugar level, and urine production had declined.

Kimura, who was born in Japan on April 19, 1897, was one of only 10 people still alive who could say they lived across three centuries. Owing to his death, that number has now dropped to 9.


The oldest person still living is now Japan's Misao Okawa who is 115 years and 100 days old.

At 116 years and 54 days, Kimura is the ninth oldest person in recorded history, and the oldest male. He leaves behind five children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He was a postman until the age of 65, after which time he took up farming until he turned 90.

The second longest male lifespan belongs to Christian Mortensen of the U.S. (originally from Denmark), who lived for 115 years and 252 days. The longest person to have ever lived was Jeanne Calment of France who lived for an unprecedented 122 years and 164 days. She is also the only person to break the 120+ year mark.

Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Kimura died at the age of 119. It has now been corrected to show the correct figure, 116 years.


[Sources: Bloomberg & Wikipedia; image: Getty]

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How far back do you limit "recorded history"? Is this based on an organization that started in 1954?

Torah: Adam 930,
Bible: Seth 912, Enosh 905, Kenan 910, Mahalalel 895, Yered 962, Enoch 365, Methuselah 969, Lamech 777, Noah 950, Shem 600, Terach 205, Abraham 175, Isaac 180, Jacob 147, Moses 120