Yasutaro Koide: World’s Oldest Man Dies Today At 112 In Japan

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Japanese super-centenarian, Yasutaro Koide recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man has died on Tuesday, January 19, at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said.

Yasutaro Koide: World's Oldest Man, Dies At 112 In Japan
Yasutaro Koide: World’s Oldest Man, Dies At 112 In Japan: USAToday

Koide, born in March 1903 – months before the Wright brothers made the world’s first powered flight – died early Tuesday in the Japanese city of Nagoya, said Akira Yamase, a representative of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Koide, who had said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it, died two months short of his 113th birthday.

Yasutaro Koide: World's Oldest Man, Dies At 112 In Japan
In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, Yasutaro Koide smiles upon being formally recognized as the world’s oldest man by the Guinness World Records (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Koide’s death came just five months after Guinness presented him with a certificate of his title in Nagoya.

Guinness Records reported that he has seven children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Japan’s oldest man is now Masamitsu Yoshida, a 111-year-old Tokyo native who was born on May 30, 1904. It was not immediately known whether Yoshida is also the world’s oldest male.

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