Far from women. Earth's oldest man dies short of 113th birthday

​The oldest male inhabitant of planet Earth has passed away in Spain. News of the death of Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia was confirmed by representatives of the Guinness Book of Records, who monitor long-lived record holders.

Lucky football fan

«Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia died at home, he was 112 years and 341 days old, — stated in the posted message. The man ended his days in the same city in which he was born in 1909 in Leon, located in the province of Castile and Leon.

Saturnino was the youngest of six children Salustiano and Josefa de la Fuente Garcia. In early childhood, he almost died from a severe form of the flu, but after suffering an illness, he was distinguished by enviable health. At the age of 13, he mastered the craft of a shoemaker, and devoted the next decades of his life to this profession.

When the Civil War broke out in Spain in the 1930s, Saturnino avoided the draft due to his short stature. Instead of serving in the army, he made shoes for soldiers.

He has been lucky many times in his life. In 1937, Saturnino became a participant in a plane crash, and while on the ground — the plane crashed on the house he was in. However, the Spaniard not only survived, but also avoided serious injuries.

Throughout his life, Saturnino carried his passion for football. In 1927, he became one of the founders of the Puente Castro football club, in which he played as a center forward. After finishing his playing career, he became an active supporter of the team from his hometown, although they never had enough stars in the Spanish championship.

Calmly and with dignity

In 1933, Saturnino married Antonina Barrio. In marriage, the couple had eight children: seven daughters and one son.

When the man's 110th birthday was celebrated in 2019, six of his eight children remained alive. In addition, Saturnino has 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

In May 2021, all the Spanish media wrote about the man — the super-long-liver voluntarily and on his own initiative went for vaccination against coronavirus.

The title of the oldest man on the planet Earth passed to Saturnino on August 12, 2021, when Emilio Flores Marquez died in Puerto Rico at the age of 113 years and 4 days.

September 10, 2021 was officially declared by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest man on the planet, and three weeks later he was awarded the corresponding certificate. When asked how he managed to live such a long life, Saturnino replied: “Calmly and without harming anyone.”

At the same time, the Spaniard failed to reach the absolutely record-breaking life expectancy among men. The palm belongs to the Japanese Jiroemun Kimura, who died in 2013 — his age was 116 years and 54 days. Kimura today remains the only man in history who managed to overcome the threshold of 116 years.

After the death of Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia, a Brazilian of Italian origin Delio Venturotti

strong>, which is currently 112 years and 85 days old.

Sly grandmother Kalman

In the absolute lists of centenarians, women are unconditionally in the lead. The world record of all time belongs to the Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 — her age was 122 years and 164 days. One episode is associated with it, which can be called tragicomic. Jeanne was already over 90 when a lawyer approached her, offering a life annuity agreement in exchange for inheriting an apartment. The lawyer was convinced that the old woman would not last long, and he would remain in the black. But time passed, Mrs. Kalman continued to live, and the lawyer — to pay. In the end, the woman received significantly more than her housing cost. But that's not all: the lawyer died before Jeanne, and his heirs had, in accordance with the contract, to continue to pay the old woman. She herself commented rather sarcastically: “Well, someone has bad deals.”

119 years of Mrs. Tanaka

There are no men in the top 20 centenarians in the history of observations of men — even the Japanese Kimura did not have enough weeks to break into this “women's club”. Exactly the same situation among the living — in the top twenty only ladies, the youngest of which is 112 years and 328 days old, and the eldest — 119 years and 16 days.

The top 20 includes four Japanese women, five American women, three French women, two citizens of Argentina and Brazil, as well as a Polish woman, a Spanish woman, a Canadian woman and an English woman.

The oldest inhabitant of the planet Earth is a native of Japanese Fukuoka Kane Tanaka. The woman, who celebrated her 119th birthday, has held this title for three and a half years. Ms. Tanaka, who outlived three of her four children, who defeated two forms of cancer in different years, says that family, hope, healthy sleep and diet were the key to her longevity.

In September 2021, Kane Tanaka received a vaccine against COVID-19, making her the oldest person to have been vaccinated against the infection.

Now in the overall standings, the Japanese woman is in third place — apart from Jeanne Kalman, only the American Sarah Knauss, who died in 1999, had a better life. Sarah stopped at 119 years and 97 days.

There are no Russians on the list. Missing documents

Since 1990, in addition to the Guinness Book of Records, the Gerontological Research Group (GRG), based at the University of California, has been registering people aged 110 years and above. The Panel verifies people who claim to be at least 110 years old by examining documents submitted by the applicant or his family. Those who pass the test are included in the list of verified centenarians. There are no Russians on these lists. The reason is simple: there are not enough documents confirming the age of Russian centenarians. 

In 2010, the portal “Snob” quoted Stephen Coles, MD and PhD, director and treasurer of the Supercentenarian Research Foundation: “There are obviously people over 110 years old in Russia, but GRG standards are very strict. To include a person on our lists, you need to provide original birth documents, and these are often not available. We established contacts with the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow to translate supporting documents into English, but this agreement is not being used: there are simply no documents.

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