The world’s oldest man has died in the small Spanish village where he spent most of his 113 years.
Francisco Núñez Olivera, born in December 1904, died Monday night at his home in Bienvenida, north of Seville, the town of about 2,000 people confirmed on Tuesday.
“He died with the affection of his family and the love of his family and with the admiration of all his countrymen,” Bienvenida’s authorities wrote on Facebook, adding that a funeral will be held in the afternoon.
Olivera was known as Marchena because in his youth he resembled the flamenco singer Pepe Marchena, though the centenarian has gathered his own fame after the process of confirming his age began in 2016.
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Though the destruction of his birth records in the Spanish Civil War makes certainty difficult, he is believed to have become the world’s oldest person after the death of Polish-Israeli Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal in August.
The “grandpa of the world” told El Mundo that the secret to his long life was the care of his daughter and “working a lot. Not being dull at home.”
No cause of death was given for Olivera, who had remained in relatively good health since the removal of one of his kidneys and a cataract operation in his 90s.
It was not immediately clear who is now the world’s oldest man.
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While Olivera held that title, the vast majority of the world’s oldest people, including the oldest person Nabi Tajima, 117, are women, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
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