Skip to comments.World's oldest man Jiroemon Kimura dies at 116 after life which spanned three centuries
Posted on 06/12/2013 6:32:24 AM PDT by Perdogg
Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in 1897, died in hospital early Wednesday morning, Kyodo News cited the local government as saying.
Mr Kimura, from Kyotango in Kyoto Prefecture, was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person in December 2012 when a woman from the United States died at the age of 115.
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Now I’m one person closer to being the oldest person in the world!
There are now nine people on earth who were born in the 1800s.
These old people keep dying!!!
Wait until Obamacare kicks in..they will be dying much faster
God bless him. Imagine the changes he’s seen over his lifetime (not all of them good). I was blessed to have a great grandmother who lived to be 107. I only wished I wasn’t a typical, self-centered teenager back then and learned more about her life and the things she saw and experienced.
I’m always saddened when the world’s oldest person dies because we no longer have a world’s oldest person. It’s the end of a long chain of history.
Ditto that. My grandfather was a German POW in Russia in World War I. He left memoirs of that period of his life that I read after he passed. I would have loved to talk to him about those experiences.
My great grandmother who lived to 107 put salt on EVERYTHING! I attribute her longevity to a couple of things. She was a very slow eater; she took her time and enjoyed her usually small meal. She also took an aspirin everyday whether she needed it or not, a practice of which I’ve gotten into the habit.
I also have had several relative that lived to over 100. I tried desperately to pry information out of them about their early memories, and yet never got much for my efforts.
I think life was so simple back then, there’s just not that much to tell I guess.
This is something so obvious yet in a deep way shocking to me.
Both my grandparents were born in the 1800’s. They were married before WWI. It was natural when I was growing up for older people to understand and know about the turn of the century (1800-1900). I remember one woman telling me about all the horses on the roads in NYC, and the coal furnaces they all used.
When I watched the Memorial Day parade it was full of WWII vets and they were fairly young men. There was always a contingent of WWI vets, older, but a group of about 8. My mom told me she used to see the Civil War Vets in the parades - they were old, but they were still around.
As Orwell says, the Past is a Different Country. All that knowledge disappears, and people just forget it, and everything changes.
I was blessed with having my grandmother live with us when I was growing up. She was born in 1888. Like you, I wish I had talked to her more about her life. I do know that she was there when Oklahoma became a state and literally lived the musical Oklahoma. Her father (Papa) was the youngest of five boys and the only one who did not serve the Confederacy in the Civil War. Of the other four, three died during the war and Papa and his remaining brother were Sheriff and Under Sheriff in Grayson County Texas when the James brothers sister lived there. In fact, his parents helped found Sherman. Deep roots.
My great gandfather was still alive when I was born and we were inseparable until he died about a year later in 1951.
He was born in 1855. I would have loved to speak with him about his life.
Oh, what’s not really clear from this article, is that this was the last man alive from the 19th century. No living person now was born in the 1800’s.
When the oldest person dies then the 2nd oldest is now the oldest. I know you knew that :)
In about 1996 when my great aunt died she was almost 116 and the oldest person in the US.
People from rural areas actually step back to an earlier time. My mom was raised in the dustbowl plains, before electrification. She is in her 80’s.
Her stories sound like Little House to me - the way they sat around the table at night, reading from the small stack of books by kerosene lamp. I think that is one reason older people love certain books - my mom still talks about works by Sir Walter Scott and poetry her dad used to read to them. Their house was very tiny 600 -sq ft- and they built it themselves, the whole family lived in it and no electricity. She remembers the “literary” and walking out at night without any light but from a lantern.
I was never there but can visualize it.
Wha??? Really??? My God, you know, I never thought of that. What a silly goose, I am. Thanks for setting me straight. ;>)
My son, now 22, enjoys talking about his ancestors and the changes each of them saw in their lives. It helps personalize history and talking about time spans in terms of personal lifetimes makes it real.
My oldest daughter, now 26, studied in Sweden in college. She took a side trip to Gdansk in Poland and visited the childhood home of her great grandfather. Her great great grandfather was an entrepreneur who started a battery company there in the 1880s. Gdansk used to be Danzig, Germany and is only a few miles from where WW II started. That really got her interested in our family history.
1/3 is due to genes
1/3 is due to environmental things (diet; living conditions, etc., etc.)
1/3 is just a matter of -- as good a term as any -- luck
His mom is taking the news very hard.
Helen Thomas isn’t included because she technically is classified as a fossil.
Wow, the guy’s almost as old as the stuff in my fridge.
Most of us, except of course those pesky ‘Millenials’, have spanned two centuries! WOW!
IBITHWD (In Before I Thought He WAS Dead!)
They need to stop jinxing these people. The poor souls get designated as the "world's oldest living person", and sure enough within months they drop dead!
Being born approx mid century its going to be real hard for me to attain the 3rd.
Being born approx mid century its going to be real hard for me to attain the 3rd.
I knew this guy wouldn’t survive the Obama years.
By the time they’re gone, the oldest person on earth will be 37.
Well I know between ObamaCare and what he did to my 401k I won’t be able approach this guys age.
Due to eroding values, we’re now referring to them as a 401(c)
One of my Grandmothers was born in 1895 in Scotland. She became a nurse to help with the wounded of WWI then going on over in Europe. When the Kaiser’s Zeppelins bombed London (1916-17) she no longer felt safe and emigrated to the USA.
She met my Grandfather in the shipyards of Philadelphia and soon had a passel of kidets to keep her busy. When we came along she would answer questions for hours at a time about her childhood and growing up in the Edwardian British Empire. She always wanted to go to India to see everything she had read about in Rudyard Kipling’s books.
We all stayed up late on July 21st, 1969 to see Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. All of a sudden my Grandmother started crying softly. I asked her if she was ok and she stated that she had “...lived too long, I saw the Wright Brothers plane fly in Le Mans France in 1908 and have now seen man fly to the moon” I didn’t understand until many years later what she meant. She passed peacefully in her sleep in 1980 after reading from her favorite author: R. F. Delderfield. I was overseas in the military at the time and unable to get back home. I still miss her and her sharp Gaelic tongue (and choice of words!) used whenever we got ourselves into trouble. :)
The oldest person is a Japanese woman, Misao Okama, born March 5, 1898. The oldest person living in the US is Jeralean Talley, born May 23, 1899. The oldest man in the US is James McCoubrey, born Sept. 13, 1901, in Newfoundland, who later immigrated to the US (apparently is a US citizen). The other two living people born in 1899 are Soledad Mexia, born Aug. 13, 1899, and Grace Jones, born Dec. 7, 1899.
I suspect #2 oldest. He had to motive to usurp the crown.
"Protected species status" and "historic preservation laws" do not apply those who live longer than 100 years.
You know, most of the people that die with heart disease and cancer are our elderly population, you know, and we all will probably die with something sooner or later.... But I'm saying that we are losing the people that's going to pay my Social Security and that bothers me.- Joycelyn Elders
If there were anyone alive who was born in the 1880s - even in 1889 - she would be at least 123 years old.
The all-time record for longevity is 122, so I think you've made a mistake here.
Another poorly-written title. Ah hell, this is as good as it gets—it will only be worse in the future.
Yes. it was a typo—I thought I had written “1800s.”
There are 10 women alive who were born in the year 1900. The Wikipedia list omits Jozef Kowalski as if they are unsure if his supposed date of birth (Feb. 2, 1900) is correct. Without him, the 30 oldest living people are all women.
The Japanese man who just died is supposedly the longest-living man whose lifespan is considered verified. Obviously they are leaving out a lot of men in the Bible whose reported lifespans were longer than 115 years. There was an American some time ago who was supposedly 136 years old (allegedly kidnapped into slavery in Liberia in the 1850s and brought to the US) but it was generally accepted later, I think, that he was nowhere near as old as he claimed to be.
I had a great-aunt who was born in 1889—on the very day that Jefferson Davis died, in fact. She died in 1976 shortly after her 87th birthday. I had a great-aunt by marriage who was born in 1888 and died in 1990, 3 days before her 102nd birthday.
1897... that’s the year my grandfather was born. A World War 1 vet, fought in the Ottoman Empire. He died in 1976 when I was a toddler. There’s a great photo of him holding me in one arm and holding a cigarette in the other...
I had a great grand aunt in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born around 1879 and lived until 1983, though I never got to meet her. Probably a good chance she ran into a young Bubba Clinton on the streets when she was pushing 80...
Oddly enough we never bothered to actually declare war on the Ottoman Empire. Now we don’t bother to ever declare it.
RIP to the old man. I don’t know what he looked like as a young man but in recent pictures he looks indistinguishable from a white guy.
9 people left born before 1900 eh? Wow.
It must suck for the extremely old to see their children and possibly grandchildren predecease them. Wikipedia says 5 of 7 of this man’s kids still live and 13 of 14 grandkids, so he was fortunate.
Plenty of them exercise regularly.
The oldest (verified) woman ever (French Lady) smoked but only 2 cigarettes a day at most.
None that I’ve heard of were nuts for health food though some of these Asian people eat mostly rice.