Sakari Momoi, certified as world’s oldest living male by Guinness World Records, died on Sunday, July 5 in Japan, an official said at Saitama City, North of Tokyo, where he had lived for many years.
Saitama city officials said the super-centenarian was recognised as the world’s oldest male at the age of 111 in 2015. He died of kidney failure in a care home in Tokyo.
The officials said that Momoi, a former high school principal who was born on Feb. 5, 1903, received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming the achievement in 2015.
He was born in Minamisoma, Fukushima, an area badly hit by the deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
According to U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group, the title of the world’s oldest living male was now passed to Japan’s Yasutaro Koide, also 112 years old and just over a month younger than Momoi.
The research group said he was born on March 13, 1903.
The world’s oldest living person recognised by Guinness World Records was Susannah Mushatt Jones, a resident of the New York, who turned 116 on Monday.
Born on July 6, 1899, Ms Jones became the record holder at the age of 115 years and 346 days, as of June 17, 2015.