Mr. Chitetsu Watanabe from Niigata, Japan has officially been recognized by as the oldest man in the world on February 12, aged 112 and 344 days.
But he passed away last Sunday, exactly 11 days after his 113th birthday.
According to Japanese newspaper Mainichi, Mr. Chitetsu was unable to celebrate his Guinness record certificate for so long and had to be hospitalized soon after. He was given intravenous medicine before having high fever and shallow breathing on February 21.
Earlier, Mr. Chitetsu was very excited when he received a certificate at the nursing home and his daughter-in-law Yoko Watanabe – the wife of the eldest son Tetsuo also did not show stress before the long life of his father-in-law.
“I have lived with my father-in-law for more than 50 years, I have never seen him raise his voice or get angry. My father-in-law is also a very caring person. When I pursue my sewing hobby, he He is the one who praised my work the most.
I think living with a multi-generational family under one roof, playing with my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren helps my father-in-law keep the smile on his face and his face is also younger than his real age. “, daughter-in-law Yoko said.
The oldest man always lived happily and was never short-tempered
Mr. Chitetsu was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, the eldest of 8 children, whose father is Haruzo and his mother is Miya. After graduating from an agricultural school, he moved to Taiwan to work on sugar cane contracts.
For 18 years in Taiwan, Mr. Chitetsu was married to Mrs. Mitsue and 4 of their 5 children were born there. He also served in the army at the end of the Pacific War in 1944.
After the war, Mr. Chitetsu returned to his hometown and this was an extremely difficult time for his family when the food source was very small. Mr. Chitetsu was a farmer for the rest of his life. After retirement, he and his eldest son Tetsuo built a new home for the family. The house is attached to 1 hectare of farmland, where Chitetsu continues to grow fruits and vegetables until he is 104 years old.
Before Chitetsu, compatriot Jiroemon Kimura born on April 19, 1897 held this record and died on June 12, 2013, aged 116 and 54 days.