The world’s oldest man dies at age 112 in JapanTOKYO, JAPAN:  The world’s oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, died on Tuesday at the age of 112 in Japanese city of Nagoya , a local official said.

Koide, born just months before the Wright brothers made their first successful flight, died in hospital in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, where he had lived for many years, said the city official.

The super-centenarian, recognised as the world’s oldest male at 112 last year, died of heart failure and pneumonia early on Tuesday, the official added.

The world’s oldest man dies at age 112 in Japan

The world's oldest man dies at age 112 in Japan

Koide, a former tailor who was born on March 13, 1903 in Fukui prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming the achievement after another Japanese man who was just a month older died in July.

Asked about the key to longevity, Koide had reportedly said: “The secret to long life is to avoid overwork and live with joy.”

Japan is known for the longevity of its people and around a quarter of its population of 127 million is aged 65 or older.

It was not immediately clear who would succeed Koide as the world’s oldest male.

Currently, the world’s oldest person is American Susannah Mushatt Jones who is 116 and she took the title last year after the death of Misao Okawa in Japan at age of 117 according to the Guinness World Records website.

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