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Updated: June 12, 2013 11:23 IST

World's oldest person dies in Japan at 116

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In this file photo released by Kyotango City, Jiroemon Kimura smiles after he was presented with the certificate of the world's oldest living man from Guinness World Records.
AP In this file photo released by Kyotango City, Jiroemon Kimura smiles after he was presented with the certificate of the world's oldest living man from Guinness World Records.

Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who had been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person and the oldest man ever, died on Wednesday of natural causes.

Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who had been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person and the oldest man ever, died on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 116.

Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born April 19, 1897. Officials in Kyotango said he died in a local hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia.

According to Guinness World Records, Kimura was the first man in history to have lived to 116 years old.

Kimura became the oldest man ever on December 28, 2012, at the age of 115 years, 253 days, breaking the record set by Christian Mortensen, a Danish immigrant to the United States, whose life spanned from 1882-1998.

The title of oldest living person is now held by another Japanese, 115-year-old Misao Okawa, of Osaka.

Okawa, who was born March 5, 1898, is also the world’s oldest living woman.

“Jiroemon Kimura was an exceptional person,” said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records. “As the only man to have ever lived for 116 years and the oldest man whose age has been fully authenticated he has a truly special place in world history.”

Kyotango officials said Kimura’s funeral would be held Friday.

“Mr. Kimura was and will always be a treasure to our town, to our country and to our world,” said Mayor Yasushi Nakayama.

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