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The Oldest Man In History Has Died At 116
June 12, 2013
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Well, as they say, we all have to go sometime - although some of us hang on longer than others. A lot longer.

Case in point: the man in this photo - Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, who just died at the age of 116.

That is old. Hoooowww olllldddd is it? It's so old, when he was born, the Dead Sea was just sick.

We're here all summer... try the veal.

Anyhoo, Kimura was recognized as the world's oldest living person, and the oldest man ever to have lived, according to Guinness World Records.

He died of natural causes in hospital.

Kimura reportedly had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

He worked in his local post office until retiring and apparently helped his son with his farming until he was 90 years old.

In an interview on his 115th birthday, Mr Kimura said he wasn't sure why he had such a long life.

"Maybe it's all thanks to the sun above me," he said. "I am always looking up towards the sky, that is how I am."

Last year, he told a journalist from Bloomberg News that his secret was "eating light to live long."

So now, the title of world's oldest living person is up for grabs. It's expected to go the world's oldest woman - Misao Okawa also of Japan (pictured below).

She's 115 - just a baby, really.


Kimura was born in 1897. Here's a few other things that happened that year.

- Canada celebrated its 30th birthday

- former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and aviator Amelia Earhart were born. Just for some perspective, Pearson has been dead for 40 years.

- the first Boston marathon was run

- the Diamond Jubilee was created to celebrate Queen Victoria's 60 years on the British throne

The oldest person ever to have lived was Jeanne Louise Calment of France who died in 1997. She was 122.

via Associated Press

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