World’s Oldest Person Dies at 116
Jiroemon Kimura, the Japanese man who holds dual titles with the the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person and also the oldest man in recorded history, has died of natural causes, reports USA Today. He was 116.
The Kyotango, Japan native was born April 19, 1897, a year which saw the inauguration of William McKinley as the 25th president of United States, and the world’s first motorcycle race in Surrey.
Kimura died in a local hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for pneumonia. The 116-year-old Kimura became the oldest man ever on Dec. 28, 2012, when he reached the age of 115 years and 253 days, breaking the record set by Christian Mortensen, a Danish immigrant to the U.S., who lived from 1882 to 1998.
Kimura’s title as oldest living person is now held by another Japanese citizen, 115-year-old Misao Okawa, of Osaka.