A Chilean man believed to be the world’s oldest person has died Wednesday


Celino Villanueva Jaramillo was born on 25 July 1896. He had not been recognised by Guinness due to the lack of official verification of his date of birth. Villanueva deceased following a stupid accident. Being now blind, deaf and needing help to walk. He had an emergency operation some days ago because he had fallen out of bed a week previously and broken three ribs, one of which pierced a lung. In the last couple of days his damaged lung became critical. Even if was recognized in his country as the oldest citizen, Villanueva never received any specialist care, or the family that had adopted him any institutional support or the provision of geriatric home-helps.

Jaramillo at anniversary

Celino Villanueva, a farm worker who had never married and had no known living relatives, will be buried on Friday morning in the Indigenous Cemetery of Mehuín. The world’s oldest man is now Masazou Nonaka, from Japan, who was born on 25 July 1905 (he shares the same birthday as Jaramillo) and is currently 112 years old. There are also 23 women currently alive who are older than Nonaka, including the world’s oldest living person, Japanese woman Nabi Tajima, who was born in 1900 and is due to turn 118 on 4 August this year.


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