Jiroemon Kimura, the world’s oldest person, has died in Japan. He had been in hospital since last month suffering from pneumonia.
He became the world’s oldest person on December 17, 2012, after the death of the former title holder from Iowa at the age of 115, according to Guinness World Records.
Kimura was born in 1897- the same year as aviator Amelia Earhart and the year Britain’s Queen Victoria marked her Diamond Jubilee. He worked as a postal employee and as a farmer.
On his 115th birthday, Kimura told reporters he was keeping his mind fit by learning English. He attributed his longevity to getting out and enjoying the sunshine.
Kimura is survived by seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren, Japanese media reported.
The new holder of the world record is also from Japan, a 115 years old woman from Kyoto, Okava Misao.
Japan has more than 50,000 centenarians.