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

Mr. Juan Vicente Perez, a humble and hard-working man from Venezuela, has passed away at the age of 114, just two months before his 115th birthday. Born on May 27, 1909, he was known for his optimism for life as he lived through two World Wars and the Covid pandemic. He was also recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man in February 2022 when he was 112 years and 253 days old.

Perez attributed his long life to hard work, rest on holidays, early bedtime, daily aguardiente (a type of liqueur), love for God, and always carrying him in his heart. He was married for 60 years to Ediofina del Rosario Garcia and had 11 children, 42 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. In 2019, he became the first male supercentenarian from Venezuela when he celebrated his 110th birthday.

The governor of Tachira, Freddy Bernal, expressed deep sadness at Perez’s passing while President Nicholas Maduro offered condolences on behalf of the country’s people. Mr. Perez is remembered as an archetype of a peaceful man who cherished family and tradition above all else.

As of now, Gisaburo Sonobe from Japan is expected to be the world’s next oldest living man at the age of 112 pending confirmation from Guinness World Records.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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