Emilio Flores Marquez of Puerto Rico has been officially confirmed by Guinness World Records as world player oldest living person (male) with a confirmed age of 112 years and 326 days, as of today.
Born on August 8, 1908, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Marquez was the second oldest of 11 children born to Alberto Flores Melendez and Margarita Marquez-Garcia.
From a very young age, Emilio helped his father in their sugarcane fields. He was often responsible for watering and loading sugar cane onto carts for transportation.
As the eldest child in his family, he is also in charge of doing housework and helping to care for his nine surviving siblings.
“I was the eldest of the children, so I did everything. I scrub, I take care of the boys, I do everything” – Emilio Flores Marquez
He continued to dedicate his life to farming, eventually becoming the way he supported his family.
Emilio was married for 75 years to the love of his life, Andrea Perez, who died in 2010. During their time together, they formed a beautiful family of four children, two of whom are alive and well.
He now has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She currently lives in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, where her two children, Tirsa and “Millito” take care of her.
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At the age of 101, Emilio had surgery to install a pacemaker. Eleven years later, he continues to show strength and good health in his old age. Even though he had almost lost all his hearing, he continued to enjoy life.
Known as “Don Millo”, he believed that, to live a happy life, you need to have lots of love and live a life without anger.
“My father raised me with love, loved everyone. He always told my brothers and I to do good, share everything with others. Moreover, Christ lives in me”
Emilio received an official Guinness World Records title certificate at his home, where he commemorated the achievements of a lifetime with celebratory photos.
He and his family are happy to share this experience.
“It is always an honor to celebrate this extraordinary human, and this year we have processed applications from not one but two contenders for the title of oldest living Human. I am happy to feature Sr. Marquez – born, interestingly, on the 8th day of the 8th month in the 8th year of the 20th century! – and bring his compelling story to a wider audience. But besides this, I’m also happy that we got the opportunity to pay tribute to Dumitru Comănescu, who briefly held the record but sadly passed before we went to the press.” – Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Records
Evidence for oldest living person (male) checked by Guinness World Records Senior Consultant for Gerontology, Robert Young.
The oldest living human was previously recognized by Guinness World Records as Dumitru Comănescu of Romania (born November 21, 1908). He held the record less than a month before dying on June 27, 2020, at the age of 111 years 219 days. After his death, Guinness World Records later received evidence in favor of Emilio, who was born three months earlier than Dumitru.
That eldest person’s nightr has lived is Jeanne Calment (France), who lived to 122 years and 164 days. That oldest man ever is Jiroemon Kimura (Japan), who was born on April 19, 1897 and died at the age of 116 years 54 days on June 12, 2013.
That oldest living person (female) is Kane Tanaka (Japan, born January 2, 1903) who at the age of 117 years 41 days (verified on February 12, 2020) lives in Fukuoka, Japan.