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World’s Oldest Man Dies – He Believed This Was the Secret to a Long Life

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Juan Vicente Perez Mora from Venezuela, who was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man in 2022, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 114.

Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, stated on social media, «Juan Vicente Perez Mora has stepped into eternity at the age of 114.»

Perez officially received the title of the oldest living man on February 4, 2022, when he was 112 years and 253 days old, according to Guinness. As a father of 11, he had, by 2022, 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. The farmer, known as Tio Vicente, was born in the town of El Cobre, in the Andean state of Tachira on May 27, 1909, and was the ninth of 10 children.

At the age of five, he began working with his father and brothers in agriculture, contributing to the harvesting of sugar cane and coffee, as stated by a Guinness proclamation in 2022.

Perez later became a sheriff, where he was responsible for resolving land and family disputes while continuing his work in agriculture.

The Secret to a Long Life

Juan also shared his secret to a long life. He revealed to Guinness World Records in 2022 precisely that. His secret to a long life is to «work hard, rest on holidays, go to bed early, drink a glass of aguardiente (liquor) every day, love God, and always carry him in your heart.»

As a man of faith, Juan Vicente prayed at least twice a day as part of his daily routine. Juan received the title of the world’s oldest living man following the death of Spain’s Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia on January 18, 2022, at 112 years and 341 days old.

Juan Vicente Perez Mora
Juan Vicente Perez Mora when he was named the world’s oldest man in 2022. Photo: Guinness

The World’s Oldest

Last year, Maria Branyas Morera celebrated her 117th birthday, thereby being added to the Guinness World Records (GWR) list as the world’s oldest. Born in 1907, she is now the oldest living person to have survived World War I, World War II, the Spanish Flu pandemic, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a birthday greeting to Maria Branyas Morera on Facebook, Guinness World Records wrote:

«Happy birthday to Maria Branyas Morera who celebrates her 117th birthday today. She was verified as the world’s oldest person in January 2023. Maria was born on March 4, 1907, in San Francisco, USA, but moved back to Spain with her family when she was eight to settle in Catalonia. She has lived in the region ever since and has resided in the same nursing home for the last 23 years.» In the comments section of the post, Guinness World Records stated that she became the oldest person on Earth in January 2023, following the death of 118-year-old Lucile Randon (France).

Mrs Morera is 115 years 321 days old, as of 19 January 2023 🙌María Branyas Morera (USA/Spain) is now confirmed as the…

Posted by Guinness World Records on Thursday, January 19, 2023

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