Oldest Man Dies After 112 Years of 'Not Overdoing It'

Yasutaro Koide said the secret was not smoking, drinking
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2016 4:13 AM CST
Yasutaro Koide smiles upon being formally recognized as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records at a nursing home in Nagoya, Japan, on Aug. 21, 2015.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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(Newser) – The world's oldest man has died in Tokyo at the age of 112, two months short of his 113th birthday. Yasutaro Koide was born on March 13, 1903, and said his secret to a long life was not to overdo it, or drink or smoke. A native of Nagoya, Koide worked as a tailor when he was younger. He became the world's oldest man in August after the death of another 112-year-old Japanese man, Sakari Momoi. In Japan, 111-year-old Tokyo native Masamitsu Yoshida, born on May 30, 1904, succeeds Koide as the country's oldest man. It was not immediately known whether he is also the world's oldest man. (The world's oldest person is a 116-year-old woman in Brooklyn.)

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