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The oldest man in the world, Juan Vicente Pérez, has died at the age of 114

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The world’s oldest man has died at the age of 114, just under two months before his 115th birthday.

Juan Vicente Perez of Venezuela has been confirmed as the world’s oldest living man by Guinness World Records when he was 112 years and 253 days old as of February 4, 2022.

He attributed his longevity to “hard work, rest during vacations, going to bed early, drinking a daily glass of aguardiente (a strong liquor), loving God and wearing it always in his heart.

Juan Vicente Pérez.  Photo: AP
Juan Vicente Pérez.  Photo: AP
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Mr. Perez is celebrating his 113th birthday. Photos: AP

Born May 27, 1909, Mr. Perez was married to Ediofina del Rosario Garcia for 60 years until her death in 1997.

Together they had 11 children – six sons and five daughters – and went on to have 42 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

He celebrated his 110th birthday in 2019, becoming Venezuela’s first male supercentenarian.

Mr. Perez has lived through two world wars and the COVID pandemic.

Freddy Bernal, governor of Tachira, Venezuela, where Mr. Pérez lived, wrote on man from Tachira, humble, hardworking, peaceful, passionate about family and tradition.”

He added: “My old Don Vicente, we will always remember him for his optimism in life, for his faith, his hope and his deep love for our state of Tachira.

“He will always be a symbol of goodness, wisdom and joy, which is why his legacy will live forever in our hearts and in our lives. Rest in peace my dear old man, my Don Juan Vicente. We will not forget you Never.”

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President Nicolas Maduro tweeted: “Juan Vicente Perez Mora transcended eternity at 114 years old. From the town of El Cobre, he gave Venezuela the Guinness record of being the oldest man in the world.

“I send my hugs and condolences to his family and to all the people of El Cobre, in the state of Tachira. May God receive him in his holy glory!”

The next oldest living man in the world is expected to be 112-year-old Gisaburo Sonobe of Japan, pending confirmation from his family, according to Guinness World Records.

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