GRG News for 2018
February 16, 2018; Guinness World Records have now officially confirmed that, prior to his death on January 29, Francisco Nunez-Olivera of Spain was the world's oldest man. Nunez-Olivera was born in Bienvenida, Extremadura, Spain on December 13, 1904. He spent most of his life working as a farmer and leaves four children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Nunez-Olivera became known locally as "Marchena" after a young child mistook him for the Spanish flamenco singer Pepe Marchena. He enjoyed going for walks around his village of Bienvenida and was able to do so until he was 107 years old. Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Mundo in 2015, he said: "I know I'm old, but I don't feel old."
The verification of this case proved problematic as a number of highly important documents are believed to have been lost or destroyed in wartime. The case was eventually accepted based on proxy validation methods, including finding military enlistment records that referenced the original birth records.
To read the announcement in full, here.