World’s Oldest Man Dies in Japan

    In this photo taken Oct. 15, 2012 and 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 Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday at his home in the city, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Kyotango mayor hailed Kimura for becoming the world's oldest person Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. At 115 years old, Kimura inherited the title from an American woman who died Monday. () EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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    At 116, Jiroemon Kimura wasn’t just the world’s oldest person, he was the oldest man ever verified to have lived. Kimura, who was born in 1897, the same year as Amelia Earhart, died in Japan on Wednesday of natural causes. In December 2012, Kimura was named the Guinness World Records’ oldest living man, and later that month he took the title of oldest man ever verified to have lived. After retiring from a 40-year post-office job, Kimura began farming until age 90. He left behind 7 children, 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren. He never smoked and lived by the motto “Eat light and live long,” having been known for his habit of only eating until 80 percent full.

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