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May 29, 2020

World's Oldest Man Bob Weighton Dies of Cancer at Age 112

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Bob Weighton has died from cancer two months after he earned the title of the world's oldest man. 

Bob Weighton, who was known as the oldest man in the world, has passed away from cancer. According to the Guardian, the 112-year-old earned the title in February following the death of his Japanese predecessor, Chitetsu Watanabe.

112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe poses with the certificate and calligraphy as he is recognised as the World's Oldest Man by the Guinness World Record on February 12, 2020 in Joetsu, Niigata, Japan | Photo: Getty Images

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The former teacher and engineer's family confirmed his death with a statement that read: "He died peacefully in his sleep, from cancer, on the morning of Thursday 28 May 2020 at his flat in Alton, Hampshire, where he lived independently."

A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records made it known that its officials were not able to get to Bob to hand over the certificate in person due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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People added that his family went on to recount how the late 112-year-old treated people like his family. He also believed in "loving and accepting and caring for one another." 

Bob's family noted that up until his death, the oldest man in the world spent his time reading and talking about theology, ecology, and politics.

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Following the news of Bob's death, BBC News made a list of all the events that have transpired on every of Bob's birthdays till his death. One such event was in 1943 when Bob turned 35 on the same day that John Major was born.

In 1951, when he turned 43, Bob could have taken the eight-year-old future prime minister to the Broadway opening night of "The King and I," as a way to celebrate their birthday. 

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By Bob's 47th birthday in 1955, SNCF had set a new world rail record in France. The train reached 331km/h (206mph), which is a speed that is fast enough to damage the track.

The Guardian recalled that it was the staff at the assisted living home where Bob stayed in Hamsphire that presented his world's oldest man certificate to him. 

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A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records made it known that its officials were not able to get to Bob to hand over the certificate in person due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Guinness World Records also stated that its senior gerontology consultant, Robert Young, had been studying all available evidence since Chitetsu passed away on 23 February at 112 years and 355 days. 

Soon after Bob received the certificate, he shared that even though he was unhappy about his predecessor's death, he was pleased that he received the honor.

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