TOKYO - Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, 116, who had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person and the oldest man ever, died Wednesday.
Mr. Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born April 19, 1897. Officials in Kyotango said he died in a local hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia.
According to Guinness, Mr. Kimura was the first man in history to have lived to 116 years old.
Mr. Kimura became the oldest man ever on Dec. 28, 2012, at the age of 115 years, 253 days, breaking the record set by Christian Mortensen, a Danish immigrant to the United States, whose life spanned from 1882 to 1998.