A Spanish village declared a day of mourning on Tuesday following the dying of Francisco Nunez Olivera, a retired farmer billed as “the world’s oldest man”.
He handed away simply over a month after turning 113.
Olivera, who was 10 years outdated when World War I broke out, died on Monday within the village of Bienvenida in southwestern Spain the place he had lived all through his life, village mayor Antonio Carmona advised AFP.
“It’s a very cold day and most of all a very sad day,” Carmona mentioned.
Born on December 13, 1904, relations credited Nunez Olivera’s lengthy life to a food plan based mostly on greens he grew on his personal land and a day by day glass of purple wine.
Every morning for breakfast, he would have sponge cake made with olive oil and a glass of milk. And till the age of 107, he went out for day by day walks by himself, in line with Spanish media reviews revealed when he celebrated his final birthday.
While the Spanish media described Nunez Olivera because the world’s oldest man, his identify didn’t seem on an inventory saved by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world’s longest-living individuals.
The US-based group lists Japan’s Masazou Nonaka, born on July 25, 1905 making him 112, because the world’s oldest man however Carmona mentioned there have been paperwork to show the Spaniard was in truth older. It additionally lists a Japanese girl, aged 117, because the world’s oldest individual.
“We were in the process of applying for him to enter into the Guinness Book of World Records. It meant a lot to his neighbours to be represented by the oldest man in the world,” Carmona mentioned.
Proving Nunez Olivera’s actual age has been difficult by the truth that most of Bienvenida’s public archives have been destroyed throughout Spain’s 1936-39 civil conflict, in line with newspaper El Mundo.
Nunez Olivera, identified within the village as Marchena because of his likeness to a Spanish flamenco singer who used that stage identify, had been a widower since 1988.
He fought within the Rif War within the first half of the 1920s between Spain and the Berber tribes of the Rif mountains in Morocco and survived General Francisco Franco’s 1936-75 dictatorship.
He was one among 32 individuals over the age of 90 among the many roughly 2 200 inhabitants of the village, in line with El Mundo. Spain has one of many highest life expectations on the planet, which docs typically attribute to the nation’s Mediterranean food plan. — AFP.