World's oldest man dies aged 113

World's oldest man dies aged 113

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, who was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the world's oldest man took his last breath in Israel on Friday at the age of 113.

The previous oldest-recorded man was Japanese Yasutaro Koide, who died in January aged 112 years and 312 days. He hadn't celebrated it in 1916 because of World War I breaking out, the BBC reported.

Kristal, who was born on September 15, 1903, was in the news previous year for another reason.

Following the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, he and his family were forcibly moved into the Lodz Ghetto, where his children died. He is survived by two of those children, and many more grandkids and great-grandchildren. When he was found by Soviet liberating forces, he weighed just 37 kilograms (81 pounds).

The sole survivor from his family, Mr Kristal emigrated to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son, where he continued to run his confectionery business until his retirement.

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Yisrael Kristal, 113, was certified a year ago by Guinness World Records as the oldest man alive.

"My father is religious and has prayed every morning for 100 years, but he has never had his Bar Mitzvah", his daughter Shula Koperstoch told AFP last year.

He told Guinness there's no secret to living a long life. "There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive".

The current holder of the title "oldest living person" is Violet Brown, a 117-year-old Jamaican woman, born in March of 1900.

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