'World's oldest man' dies 'aged 127' in Brazil, local reports claim

‘World’s oldest man’ who ‘liked to have a little drink’ dies ‘aged 127’ in Brazil, local reports claim

  • Animal tamer Jose Paulino Gomes was born on August 4 1895, local media said

The ‘world’s oldest man’, who ‘liked to have a little drink’, has died in Brazil aged 127, local media has claimed.

According to written records, Jose Paulino Gomes was born ahead of the first-ever Proms, the first rugby league football game, and the discovery of X-rays.

Jose passed away at his home in Corrego do Cafe, in a rural area of Pedra Bonita, Minas Gerais state, on July 28.

According to Cartorio Silva, the sole registry office in Pedra Bonita, Jose was born on August 4 1895, according to his 1917 marriage certificate, local reports said.

Willyan Jose Rodrigues de Souza, who is a legal adviser to Cartorio Silva, said: ‘According to the record, he got married at 22 years old. It is presumed that he was indeed born before 1900. Men rarely got married at 17.’

If true, Jose would have been the oldest known person in the world.

Jose Paulino Gomes, who local media say is the world’s oldest man, has died age 127

The current record holder, according to the Guinness World Records, is Spain’s Maria Branyas Morera, who is 115.

Jose’s granddaughter Eliane Ferreira told local media: ‘Here in the countryside, people are usually registered when they are older.

‘There are several cases with incorrect documentation. But his documentation showed he was younger than he actually was.

‘There is a lady nearby who is 98 years old. She says she knew him when he was just a boy.

‘That’s when we became curious to confirm his age and looked up the registry office to find out what was correct.

‘He definitely was over 100 years old, at least 110. Now we need to know how it will be recorded on the death certificate.’

Jose, who worked as an animal tamer, was widowed. He leaves behind seven children, 25 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Eliane said: ‘He was very simple, very humble. His uniqueness was that he didn’t like anything industrialised, only things from the countryside, natural.

‘He raised chickens, pigs… His food was all from here, had to be grown or raised here. And he always liked to have a little drink.’

Jose passed away at his home in Corrego do Cafe, in a rural area of Pedra Bonita, Minas Gerais state, on July 28. He was reportedly born in 1895

Another granddaughter, Fabiola Oliveira, told local media: ‘Four years ago, he stopped riding horses. For about a month, he was in bed.

‘He will leave behind many stories and memories for all of us.’

According to his family, Jose’s cause of death was multiple organ failure, likely due to his old age.

He was laid to rest at the Corrego dos Fialhos Cemetery in Pedra Bonita on July 29.

It is not clear if Guinness World Records are looking into the claims.

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