RIP: The 'world's oldest living man' Alexander Simich (left) was 111 years old when he passed away on June 8 in New York. On June 9, Carmelo Flores (right) passed away in a village in Bolivia's highlands. He claimed he was born in 1890, but since the Bolivian government only began issuing birth certificates in 1940, his age could not be verified. But if his claim were true, he would've been the oldest person who ever lived: 123 years.
Two men – the world’s ‘officially’ oldest living man and ‘unofficially’ oldest person ever – died a day apart, aged 111 in New York, and 123 in the Andes.
Officially the world’s oldest living man for the last two months before he died on June 8, Alexander Imich had credited good genes for his long life. He even managed to squeeze in wise words on the ‘quality versus quantity’ debate. “The life you live is equally or more important for longevity,” Imich said, in one of his last interviews last month.
Born in Poland in 1903 and survivor of a Soviet Gulag labour camp, Imich had emigrated to the US with his wife in the 1950s. He was a scholar of the occult, having edited an anthology called Incredible Tales of the Paranormal in 1995 at the age of 92. He turned in 111 in February.