Puerto Rico’s Emilio Flores Márquez, at the age of 112 years and 326 days, has been conformed as the world’s oldest living male by Guinness World Records.
Flores Márquez was born on August 8, 1908 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He is the second-oldest of 11 children. As the firstborn son, he devoted his early life to providing and caring for his siblings. Flores Márquez often helped his father on their sugarcane farm by watering and loading the sugarcane onto wagons.
“I was the oldest of the children, so I did everything. I scrubbed, I took care of the boys, I did everything,” Flores Márquez told Guinness World Records.
What was his key to a long life? Flores Márquez, known on the island as “Don Millo,” said it’s to live with “an abundance of love and to live life without anger.”
He said he found that love with his wife of 57 years, Andrea Perez, who passed away in 2010. The couple had four children together, two of which are still alive and are caring for Flores Márquez. He now has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Flores Márquez lives in Rio Piedras with his two children, who praised their father and upbringing.
“My father raised me with love, loving everyone. He always told me and my siblings to do good, to share everything with others. Besides, Christ lives in me,” the children said in a statement to Guinness.
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Flores Márquez underwent some health complications at age 101, when he had pacemaker surgery. Despite the surgery and now losing almost all of his hearing, his family said Flores Márquez shows strength and enjoys life.
Craig Glenday, the Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Record, said this year they processed two applications for the title of the oldest living man.
“I am thrilled to feature Sr. Márquez – born, interestingly, on the 8th day of the 8th month in the 8th year of the 20th century! – and bring his fascinating story to the wider public. But alongside this, I am also pleased that we got the chance to pay our respects to Dumitru Comănescu, who briefly held the record but sadly passed before we went to press,” said.
Romania’s Dumitru Comănescu, born on November 21, 1908, previously held the title for one month before his death. He died at the age of 111 years and 219 days. It was after his passing, Comănescu’s death that Guinness World Records received evidence of Flores Márquez, who was born three months earlier than Comănescu.
Jeanne Calment holds the title of the oldest person to have ever lived, who died at the age of 112 years and 164 days. While the oldest person female is Kane Tanaka, who was born in Japan on January 2, 1903. She received her record at the age of 117 years and 41 days in 2020.
Tanaka is now 118 years and 179 days old and lives in Fukuoka, Japan.
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