World's Oldest Man Dies at 113

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2009 3:48 AM CDT
Tomoji Tanabe, then 111, front left, poses with the certificate of the Guinness World Records in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki prefecture, southern Japan Monday, June 18, 2007.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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(Newser) – The world’s oldest man died today at the age of 113, AFP reports. Tomoji Tanabe, who suffered from a chronic heart problem, died of heart failure at his home in Miyakonojo City, Japan. Tanabe—who had eight children, 25 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren—said his secret to long life was avoiding booze, cigarettes, and snacks. The oldest known person is Los Angeles resident Gertrude Baines, 115.