Bloomberg: Jiroemon Kimura, a 116-year-old Japanese man born in 1897, who was the oldest man in recorded history, has died of natural causes.
Kimura died today at 2:08 a.m. of natural causes in a hospital in his hometown of Kyotango, western Japan, the local government said in a faxed statement. Admitted for pneumonia on May 11, over the past few days his response, blood-sugar level and urine production had declined, according to the statement.
Born on April 19, 1897, when Queen Victoria still reigned over the British Empire, Kimura dodged childhood killers such as tuberculosis and pneumonia that kept life expectancy in Japan to 44 years around the time of his birth. He became the oldest man in recorded history on Dec. 28, 2012, at the age of 115 years and 253 days. The oldest woman in recorded history, France’s Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 at the age of 122.