World’s oldest man, Saturnino de la Fuente García, passes away at 112 in Spain


Guwahati: The world’s oldest man, Saturnino de la Fuente García, has passed away at the age of 112 years and 341 days in Spain, the Guinness World Records said on Tuesday (January 18).

He had been declared the oldest living man in the world when he turned 112 years and 211 days old in September 2021, the London-based organization said.

He would have celebrated his 113th birthday next month.

Born in the neighbourhood of Ponte Castro, Leon, on February 11, 1909, Saturnino – also known as “El pepino” – married Antonina Barrio Gutiérrez in 1933.

Thanks to his short height, only 4.92 ft, Saturnino recounts that he avoided being enlisted into the 1936 Spanish Civil War and, instead, established a flourishing shoemaker business.

He had seven daughters, 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

According to the Guinness website, the oldest person ever recorded was France’s Jeanne Louise Calment who was born in February 1875 and died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.