World’s oldest man has died weeks shy of turning 115

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He was named the oldest living man back in February 2022, when he was 112 years old.

WASHINGTON — Juan Vicente Pérez Mora, the oldest living man in the world, has died just weeks before he would have turned 115, Guinness World Records said

The governor of Táchira, Venezuela, where Juan lived, confirmed his death in a statement Tuesday posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

“Our dear Juan Vicente Pérez Mora, with profound sadness and pain we say goodbye to you today, to that archetype of a Tachiran man, humble, hard-working, peaceful, enthusiastic about family and tradition,” Freddy Bernal wrote.

Born on May 27, 1909, Juan Vicente was named oldest living man on Feb. 4, 2022. At the time, he was 112 years and 253 days old. 

He was also Venezuela’s first ever fully authenticated supercentarian man — meaning someone who lived to the age of 110. 

According to Guinness World Records, he attributed his long life to “working hard, resting on holidays, going to bed early, drinking a glass of aguardiente every day, loving God, and always carrying him in his heart.”  

Juan Vicente was married to Ediofina del Rosario Garcia for 60 years until her death in 1997. The couple had 11 children, 42 grandchildren, 18 great-granchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

“Not only was Sr Perez Mora his country’s oldest citizen and the first South American recognised by GWR as the oldest living man, he is now history’s fourth oldest male whose age has been officially ratified,” Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief said in a statement. “How remarkable to think that we’ve just said goodbye to a man born before Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel!” 


The next person to be named world’s oldest living man is expected to be 112-year-old Gisaburo Sonobe of Japan, Guinness World Records said. 

The oldest living person in the world is currently Maria Branyas Morera, who turned 117 in March. She was born in 1907 in San Francisco, California, but moved with her family to Spain in 1915. 





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