World’s oldest man, Olivera, dies in Spain at 113
By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report
Francisco Nunez Olivera, a retired farmer regarded as “the world’s oldest man” died on Monday in the village of Bienvenida in southwestern Spain where he had lived throughout his life.
Olivera,who passed away just over a month after turning 113, was 10 years old when World War I broke ou
The Spanish village declared declared a day of mourning on Tuesday mourning following this death declared a day of
The village mayor Antonio Carmona his passage was a sad one to the entire village.
“It’s a very cold day and most of all a very sad day,” Carmona said.
Born on December 13, 1904, relatives credited Nunez Olivera’s long life to a diet based on vegetables he grew on his own land and a daily glass of red wine.
According to Spanish media reports published when he celebrated his last birthday,every morning for breakfast, he would have sponge cake made with olive oil and a glass of milk. And until the age of 107, he went out for daily walks by himself.
While the Spanish media described Olivera as the world’s oldest man, his name did not appear on a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world’s longest-living people.
The US-based group lists Japan’s Masazou Nonaka, born on July 25, 1905 making him 112, as the world’s oldest man but Carmona said there were documents to prove the Spaniard was in fact older. It also lists a Japanese woman, aged 117, as the world’s oldest person.
“We were in the process of applying for him to enter into the Guinness Book of World Records. It meant a lot to his neighbours to be represented by the oldest man in the world,” Carmona said.
According to newspaper report, proving Olivera’s exact age has been complicated by the fact that most of Bienvenida’s public archives were destroyed during Spain’s 1936-39 civil war, .
Olivera, known in the village as Marchena due to his likeness to a Spanish flamenco singer who used that stage name, had been a widower since 1988.
According to the newspaper report, he fought in the Rif War in the first half of the 1920s between Spain and the Berber tribes of the Rif mountains in Morocco and survived General Francisco Franco’s 1936-75 dictatorship.
Olivera was one of 32 people over the age of 90 among the roughly 2 200 inhabitants of the village. Spain has one of the highest life expectancy in the world, which doctors often attribute to the country’s Mediterranean diet.