Fredie Blom, a South African who was born in Eastern Cape province in May 1904, thought to be the unoficial oldest man in the world, has died at the age of 116 of natural causes in Cape Town on Saturday. If his claimed age were valid, he would have been the oldest man ever. He was older than a 112-year-old British resident named the world’s oldest living man by the Guinness World Records in March. Blom’s age has not yet been verified by the body. He survived the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, two world wars and apartheid.He always declared that there was no special secret to his longevity.
However he mentioned his obedience to God. „It’s the man above God,”he said. Mr Blom spent most of his life as a labourer, especially in construction. He retired aged 80. He was a regular smoker. “He was a strong man, full of pride,” family spokesman Andre Naidoo told describing him. Blom stopped visiting doctors more than two years ago. Freddy was often seen until the age of 106, walking to the bush with his cart to chop wood. Blom and his wife Jeanette have been married for almost 50 years. While Blom never had children, he adopted Jeanette’s two from a previous marriage as his own.