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World's oldest man, Saturnino, dies three weeks before 113th birthday
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 6:50 PM

THE WORLD'S oldest man has died just three weeks before his 113th birthday, leaving 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, his family has confirmed.

Saturnino de la Fuente García, from León city's Puente Castro neighbourhood, earned his place in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest living man on earth on September 10 last year, aged 112 and 211 days, shortly after the death of Puerto Rico's Emilio Flores at the same age.

Left: Saturnino with some of his family, who include 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, on the day he was officially proclaimed the world's oldest living man; right: Saturnino with the certificate to prove it (both photos: Guinness Book of Records)



Although the Caribbean islander said he was born a few months before Saturnino, he was unable to show a birth certificate or registry entry, since at the time – late 1908 – this was not common practice in his home country.

In fact, despite Saturnino's ID card showing his date of birth as February 12, 1909, he was actually born on February 8 – but parents in the early 20th century did not normally bother to register their children's births for several days.



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