At the age of 112, Emilio Flores Márquez, a former Puerto Rican sugarcane farmer named the world’s longest-living man by Guinness World Records, attributes his amazing longevity to promoting love and ending hatred.
According to Guinness World records, Dumitru Comănescu, Romania’s prior oldest living man, kept the title for less than a month before dying last year, on June 27, at the age of 111 years 219 days.
Flores Márquez was born on Aug. 8, 1908, in the northeast city of Carolina. He was the first-born son of Alberto Flores Melendez and Margarita Márquez-Garca, who had 11 kids together. Flores Márquez assisted his father on the family sugarcane farm, where he was in charge of watering and putting the sugarcane onto carts before they were carried away. He was also given a chore list and asked to look after his nine siblings.
According to Guinness World Records, “My father raised me with love, loving every one,” recalled Flores Márquez, whose certified age as of Wednesday, June 30, was 112 years and 326 days. “He always told me and my siblings to do good, to share everything with others. Besides, Christ lives in me.”
Flores Márquez was married for 75 years to Andrea Pérez, with whom he had four children. In 2010, Pérez passed away. Flores Márquez is now cared for by his two living children, Tirsa and Emilio, in Trujillo Alto. There are five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren in his family.
Flores Márquez had a pacemaker implanted at the age of 101 and is now in good health though he suffers hearing loss.
‘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 Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records.
Dumitru Comănescu, a Romanian born on Nov. 21, 1908, held the record for a month before passing away. Guinness World Records later obtained evidence of Flores Márquez, who was born three months before Comănescu.
Jiroemon Kimura, of Japan, was born on April 19, 1897, and died on June 12, 2013, at the age of 116 years and 54 days was the oldest man ever to live.
Jeanne Calment, a French national, was born on Feb. 21, 1875, and passed away on Aug. 4, 1997. She is the world’s oldest lived person, at 122 years and 164 days.
Kane Tanaka, born in Japan on Jan. 2, 1903, is the oldest living woman. In 2020, at the age of 117 years and 41 days, she got her record. Tanaka is now 118 years and 180 days old.