Guinness World Record holder Masazo Nonaka has died at the ripe old age of 113. But the secret to his long life was simple.
The world’s oldest man has died at the age of 113 after living a stress-free life, his family revealed.
Masazo Nonaka, recognised by Guinness World Records in April, died at his home in Japan earlier today.
He passed away peacefully while sleeping in Ashoro, Hokkaido, revealed granddaughter Yuko Nonaka.
Masazo Nonaka was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man in April,then aged 112 years and 259. Picture: Masanori Takei/APSource:AP
The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was recognised last year as the world’s oldest living man then aged 112 years and 259 days.
Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905, two years after the Wright Brothers celebrated the first power-driven flight and just months before Einstein published his theory of relativity.
FORTY YEARS OLD AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II
He was already 40 when America dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.
Nonaka grew up in a large family and succeeded his parents running the 106-year-old inn, now managed by Yuko.
She said her grandfather appeared to be fine until her elder sister noticed he was not breathing.
He was pronounced dead by his family doctor soon afterwards.
“He didn’t have any health problem … He went peacefully and that’s at least our consolation,” his granddaughter said.
Nonaka died peacefully, and had no health problems. Picture: Masanori Takei/APSource:AP
HIS LONGEVITY DOWN TO A STRESS-FREE LIFE
Nonaka, who enjoyed eating sweets, used to regularly soak in the springs, and would move about in the inn in a wheelchair, wearing his trademark knit cap.
He spent his retirement watching sumo wrestling on TV, reading newspapers and eating sweets and cakes.
He often ate sweets and lived a stress-free life. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
His family put his long life down to the fact he lived his life in a way that did not bring him stress.
He outlived all seven of his siblings, as well as his wife and three of their five children.
The world’s oldest living person celebrated her 116th birthday on January 2.
Kane Tanaka, who is also from Japan, took over the title of the world’s oldest person in July 2018.
Nonaka was 92 when Princess Diana died in Paris . Picture: SuppliedSource:News Limited
THE HISTORIC EVENTS HE WITNESSED IN HIS LIFETIME
– He was born the year Einstein proposed the Theory of Relativity.
– Tonaka was 3 when the Model T Ford hit the roads.
– He was 9 at the outbreak of World War I.
– His 13th year saw The Russian Revolution.
– He was 31 when Edward VII abdicated.
– Tonaka was 48 when the Queen was crowned.
– 57 when The Beatles had their first hit.
– He was 61 when England won the World Cup.
– 92 when Princess Diana died in Paris.
– And 100 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.