The world’s oldest man (114) has died

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WHAT IS THE SECRET? Juan Vicente Pérez at his home in San Jose de Bolivar when he set the record. Photo: JHONNY PARRA / AFP / NTB

Venezuelan Juan Vicente Perez Mora leaves behind 11 children – and as many as 41 grandchildren.

Wednesday 3 April at 07:34

– Perez has passed on to eternity, aged 114, from the town of El Cobre. He died on April 2, writes President Nicolás Maduro on X at 3 a.m. on Wednesday Norwegian time.

Perez was born on 27 May 1909. In just under two months he would have been 115 years old. He managed to catch both the First and Second World Wars, as well as a tremendous technological development with color images, television and the internet.

For 60 years he was married to Ediofina del Rosario García, who died in 1997.

He worked as a farmer and grew sugar cane and coffee. In 1948 he was appointed sheriff of the village of Caricuena, a job he combined with farming.

Guinness World Records confirmed that he was the world’s oldest man on 4 February 2022. He was then 112 years and 253 days old.

He was then in exceptionally good health, according to Guinness World Records. He remembered his childhood, the names of his siblings, children and grandchildren, which is not only easy when there are 41 (!) of them.

His secret to a long life is:

– Work hard, rest on days off, go to bed early, drink a glass of aguardiente every day, love God and always have him in your heart, he told Guinness World Records in 2022.

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