World’s oldest man Watanabe Chitetsu dies at 112

Watanabe Chitetsu, who was named the world's oldest man just 11 days ago, has died.

Japanese officials confirmed Watanabe died in Joetsu City earlier today.

He had just been awarded the honor after the death of his fellow citizen Masazo Nonaka, who was 112 years and 266 days old.

Watanabe had credited his long life to not getting angry and keeping a smile on his face as much as possible.

His daughter Yoko Watanabe, his daughter-in-law, said: “I’ve lived together with him for over 50 years, and I’ve never seen him raise his voice or get mad.”

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“I think having lived with a big family under one roof, mingling with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, helped keep a smile on his as well.”

Watanabe was also close to celebrating his 113th birthday on March 5.

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But, the retired Japanese pensioner would be years away from clinching the title of oldest-ever man.

That honour is still held by another Japanese man, Jiroemon Kimura, who was 116 years 54 days when he died on June 12, 2013.

Britain’s oldest woman died earlier this month, just short of her 112th birthday.

Born Hilda Heath, on Sunday, March 15 1908, Hilda lived through the reigns of five monarchs, survived two world wars and saw off 27 prime ministers.

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She was born in 1908, the year of the first British Olympics, the first plane flight with a passenger, and the mysterious Tunguska Event.

In those days, a loaf of bread cost a penny and a car would be $825 – which is more like $23,133 (£1,800) in today’s money.

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