The world’s oldest man dies at age 114, according to Guinness

The world’s oldest man dies at age 114, according to Guinness
The world’s oldest man dies at age 114, according to Guinness

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04/03/2024 – 14:10

Juan Vicente Pérez Mora, aged 114, a Venezuelan supercentenarian recognized by the Guinness Book as the oldest living man in the world, died this Tuesday, 2. The elderly man who was born in 1909 lived as a farmer and won the title given by the book of records in 2022.

The announcement was made by Freddy Bernal, governor of Táchira, the region where Juan Vicente lived. The politician mourned the death of the supercentenarian who would have turned 115 years old on May 27th.

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According to information from the Guinness Book, Juan Vicente Pérez Mora was born on May 27, 1909 in the city of El Cobre, Venezuela. Since he was a child, the man worked as a farmer, helping his father and brothers harvest coffee and sugar cane.

The man, who became Venezuela’s first supercentenarian, attended school for just five months and became sheriff of Caricuena in 1948, helping to resolve land disputes while also working in the fields.

Juan Vicente married and lived with his wife until 1997, the year of his wife’s death. The couple had 11 children. Over time, the supercentenarian’s family expanded and he had 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

The Venezuelan attributed his longevity to working hard, resting on holidays, going to bed early, drinking a glass of brandy a day and loving God. The supercentenarian survived two world wars and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“My old Don Vicente. We will remember him forever due to his optimism in life, faith and hope, as well as his unconditional love for the state of Táchira,” wrote Governor Freddy Bernal, adding that he felt honored to have met the supercentenarian. “We will never forget him,” he concluded.

The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, also issued a note of condolence, declaring that Juan Vicente “transcended to eternity”.

Now, it is expected that the next person to be considered the oldest living man in the world will be the Japanese Gisaburo Sonobe, who is 112 years old.

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