Natabay Tinsiew’s family said he was 127 years old when he died in a remote village in Eritrea on Monday
Image: Zere Natabay)
The family of a man who died at the age of 127 has called on Guinness World Records to crown him the oldest man who ever lived.
Natabay Tinsiew died on Monday in a remote village called Azefa in Eritrea, Africa.
In the days after his death, his family called the world record holders to ask them to officially recognize him as the oldest person of all time.
Mr. Natabay’s grandson, Zere Natabay, claims he spoke to Guinness and presented official documents to prove his grandfather’s year of birth.
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A birth certificate from the Church of Mr. Natabay as a child shows the year of his baptism as 1894.
His family claims the isolation of his village resulted in a late baptism – 10 years after he was born when a priest finally came to visit.
Guinness is in the process of validating the family’s claims, Zere told the BBC.
He said “Patience, generosity, and a joyous life” were the secrets behind Mr. Nataby’s unusually long life.
Mr. Natabay was an “exceptional man” who was caring and hardworking, he added.
After getting married in 1934, he spent most of his life with his wife. Unfortunately, his wife died in 2018 at the age of 99.
He spent most of his life herding animals and owned several cattle, goats, and even honey bees.
On his 120th birthday in 2014, the whole village reportedly celebrated with him.
The family is waiting for Guinness to let them know that they have validated Mr Natabay’s documents.
Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122, is the current world record holder for the oldest person who has ever lived.
The oldest man was Jiroemon Kimura from Japan, who died in 2013 at the age of 116.