Jiroemon Kimura, recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in recorded history, has died at the age of 116 years and 54 days.
Kimura died of natural causes in the hospital in his hometown of Kyotango, western Japan, at 2.08am on Thursday, the local government said.
From the Guinness World Records site:
Kimura was born in 1897, the same year as authors Enid Blyton and William Faulkner, aviator Emelia Earhart and jazz musician Fletcher Henderson. In the same year, Queen Victoria celebrated her 60th anniversary on the British throne, and William McKinley became President of the United States.
The retired postal worker is one of the few men known to have lived across three centuries, and would have seen immense social and technological advances including the advent of motor vehicles, television, powered flight, space travel and the internet, and seen the accession of six UK monarchs, five Emperors of Japan and 20 US Presidents.
You can read more about Japan's Jiroemon Kimura at Guinness World Records' site: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2013/6/saying-goodbye-to-kimura-%E2%80%93-the-oldest-man-who-ever-lived-49086/