Saturday, 18 July 2009

World's oldest man dies peacefully

Hackney man, Henry Allingham, died in his sleep last night at 3.10am in a care home near Brighton. He was born in Clapton in 1896 and was one of the last surviving British veterans of the First World War.

On June 20 the Guinness World Records confirmed Mr Allingham, who celebrated his 113th birthday on June 6, had become the world's oldest man after the previous record holder, Tomoji Tanabe of Japan, died also at the age of 113.

Henry Allingham once attributed his longevity to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women".

Asked his secret to long life he said: "I don't know if there is a secret, but keeping within your capacity is vital.

"I've had two major breakdowns, one during the war and one after but both when I was trying to do the work of three men.

"The trick is to look after yourself and always know your limitations."

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