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Yasutaro Koide, world's oldest man, dies at age 112

By Andrew V. Pestano
Yasutaro Koide, world's oldest man, dies at age 112
Yasutaro Koide, the world's oldest man, died Tuesday at age 112 at a hospital in Nagoya, Japan. Local officials said he died of heart failure and pneumonia. Photo courtesy Guinness World Records

TOKYO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Yasutaro Koide, the world's oldest man, died Tuesday at age 112 at a hospital in Nagoya, Japan.

Koide, born March 13, 1903, was named the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records in August. He said his secret to long life was to "live with joy" and to not drink, smoke or overdo things.

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Local officials said he died of heart failure and pneumonia. Koide worked as a tailor when he was younger.

Japan has more than 61,000 centenarians and 90 percent of them are women. It is unclear who succeeds Koide as the world's oldest man, but the title of world's oldest person is held by Susannah Mushatt Jones, a 116-year-old American woman living in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The oldest man in Japan is now Masamitsu Yoshida, 111, who lives in Tokyo.

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