World's oldest man passes away aged 113

World's oldest man passes away aged 113

The world's oldest man, Francisco Nunez Olivera, passed away this week at the age of 113. Olivera passed away around 10:30pm on Monday night at his home, in the village of Bienvenida in Badajo, south-west Spain. Local officials have declared a day of mourning to mark the death.

His 113th birthday was just over a month ago, on December 13. He began that day with his traditional sponge cake and a glass of milk for breakfast, then opened letters of congratulations from across the world. Given his lengthy lifespan, he has left behind a huge family, with two siblings aged 97 and 93, four children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. His daughter, Maria Antonia, is 82, and was among those with him on this day, and was also with him on the day of his death.

The mayor of Bienvenida, Antonio Carmena, confirmed his death this morning, describing it as a "shame for the entire village and the whole world", adding that "he has meant a lot to us, he has represented our village and he has helped make us known and loved".

Olivera became the world's oldest man after the death of Polish-born Israeli Yisrael Kristal on August 11, and the way in which he reached such an age is fairly simple. His family have said that it is mainly down to his diet, which mostly involved vegetables he grew himself and a daily glass of red wine.

Even in his later years he didn't seem to be suffering, with his daughter remarking that he was in "good health" without any major pains or illnesses. In an interview with El Mundo in 2015, he said he would like to live a few more years, saying that "I know I'm old but I don't feel old".

The retired farmer went for daily walks alone in his home village until the age of 107 and was often referred to as 'Marchena', due to his likeness to a Spanish flamenco singer. Francisco had a cataract operation at the age of 98 so that he could read again, which was apparently one of only two trips to the hospital, according to his family.

On his birthday, the mayor remarked that he was a living example of the benefits of "pollution-free skies and countryside and stress-free work of the traditional way of life".

Bienvenida Town Hall said in a statement:

"The day we didn't want to arrive has come. Francisco Nunez Olivera, or 'Marchena' as he was better known, has died aged 113.

"He has passed away in Bienvenida, our village, the village where he was born and which he helped become known throughout the world. He has passed away with the affection of his family and the admiration of those who knew him.

"The town plans to declare a day of morning in honour of our Favourite Son.

"Rest in peace, grandfather of the world. We will always remember you."

Now, the title of the oldest man in the world has passed down to Masazou Nonaka, who is 112 years and 189 days old.