Jiroemon Kimura

  • Born: April 19, 1897
  • Died: June 12, 2013
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan

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In this file 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. Japanese media report that Kimura died of natural causes at a hospital in Kyotango early Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

World's oldest person dies in Japan at 116

The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person has died at the age of 116. Japan's Jiroemon Kimura had been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living person, the oldest living man and the oldest man ever.

He died of natural causes Wednesday.

Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born April 19, 1897.

According to Guinness, Kimura was the first man in history to have lived to 116 years old. Kimura became the oldest man ever on Dec. 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 another Japanese, Misao Okawa, of Osaka. She is also the world's oldest living woman.