by Rachel Ogbu
Jiroemon Kimura, known as the world’s oldest person has died.
Kimura who lived in Japan died aged 116 in a local hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia.
Kimura was born on 19 April 1897 and has been described as an exceptional person by editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday.
“As the only man to have ever lived for 116 years — and the oldest man whose age has been fully authenticated — he has a truly special place in world history,” Glenday said.
The Independent reports:
He became the oldest man ever on 28 December last year, when, at the age of 115 years and 253 days, he beat the record set by Christian Mortensen, a Danish immigrant to the United States, who lived from 1882 to 1998.
Another Japanese national, 115-year-old Misao Okawa, now becomes the world’s oldest living person.
Okawa, of Osaka, was born on 5 March 1898.
Kyotango officials said that Kimura’s funeral would be held on Friday.