Sakari Momoi from Japan has died at the age at the age of 112.
Hailing from Fukushima, the former school teacher was officially recognised as the world oldest man back in August of last year, pictured above.
Mr Momoi was born in 1903, the same year that the “Wizard of Oz” premiered in NYC and the same year that Marie Curie received the Nobel prize for physics along with her husband Pierre. Having lead such a long life, the back catalog of world events he was alive to see must be staggering.
A rich history of events that etched their mark on his life.It makes you think about all the things that we have been alive to appreciate, or, in some cases bow our heads and weep at. It might be morbid, but if you were to look back at your life, what would stick out to you as a pertinent memory? What would you recall as the world events that made you stop in a breathless hush?
Not only did Mr Momoi claim the title of the oldest man in the world, but he also belonged to an elite group of people. A group that very few ever live to become a part of.
No, he wasn’t part of the Stonecutters from the Simpsons.Rather, he was part of the group that are known as the supercentenarians. Defined as people who have lived past their 110th birthday. I don’t think that have a membership card or anything but it’s quite a claim.
Although people are living longer and longer, to become a supercentenarian is quit a feat. It is estimated that only one in 1,000 centenarians make it to supercentenarian status. Whether this is an example of superhuman evolution or medical advances is difficult to tell. It is most probably a combination of both but it is likely that we will start to see more cases of people living to very old age. <
If I make it to 112, the world better have invented something fun like hover boots.Not that I’d be in any fit state to use them. Or maybe that’s how I’d like to go out. I’ll kane it head first into the moon shouting the slogan of my generation, “You only live once.” Or maybe I’ll do something more dignified like dying from heart failure whist receiving a lap dance.
Ladies and gentlemen, singing us out is Queen with, ‘The Show Must Go On.’