Yasutaro Koide, honored by the Guinness World records as the oldest man died at 112 in the Japanese city of Nagoya, said Akira Yamase, a representative of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. He was born in 1903, months before the Wright Brothers made their first flight!
A former tailor from Tsuruga, Japan, Koide was still living at his home and attending a day care as of last summer. He moved to Nagoya with his daughter five years ago, said Guinness which has certified him as the oldest man just five months back.
Erika Ogawa, vice president of Guinness World Records Japan in an online post about Koide’s death, said that he felt much honored for he had a chance to meet the man last summer surrounded by his family and relatives. “The stories of his adolescent years encouraged all of us who were there. I would like to express my sorrow and condolences to him and his family.”
The record-keeping organization said it will announce Koide’s successor as oldest living man once a verification process is finished. As of now Guinness recognizes Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York, as the world’s oldest person at 116. Born in July 1899, she is one of only two people still alive that Guinness certifies as having been born in the 1800s, along with Italy’s Emma Morano (born November 1899).
The oldest person ever recognized by Guinness was France’s Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.