Oldest man in the world passes away just two months shy of his 115th birthday

Remembering the World’s Oldest Man: Juan Vicente Perez, a Living Legend Who Survived Two World Wars and the Pandemic

Get the latest news updates from our reporters across the US, straight to your inbox every weekday with our briefing. The world’s oldest man, Juan Vicente Perez from Venezuela, has passed away just two months before his 115th birthday. Local officials paid tribute to his optimism for life as he lived through two World Wars and the Covid pandemic.

Guinness World Records confirmed him as the world’s oldest living man when he was 112 years and 253 days old on February 4, 2022. Born on May 27, 1909, Mr. Perez credited his long life to hard work, rest on holidays, early bedtime, daily aguardiente, love for God, and always carrying him in his heart. He was married for 60 years to Ediofina del Rosario Garcia, had 11 children, 42 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Celebrating his 110th birthday in 2019, he became the first male supercentenarian from Venezuela. The governor of Tachira, Freddy Bernal, expressed deep sadness at Mr. Perez’s passing, remembering him as an archetype of a humble, hard-working, peaceful man enthusiastic about family and tradition. President Nicholas Maduro also offered condolences

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