Yasutaro Koide, born in March 1903 — months before the Wright brothers made the world’s first powered flight — died early Tuesday in the Japanese city of Nagoya, said Akira Yamase, a representative of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Koide’s death came just five months after Guinness presented him with a certificate of his title in Nagoya.
“I felt very honored that I have had a chance to meet Mr. Yasutaro Koide last summer, surrounded by his warm family and relatives,” Erika Ogawa, vice president of Guinness World Records Japan, said in an online post about Koide’s death. “The stories of his adolescent years encouraged all of us who were there. I would like to express my sorrow and condolences to him and his family.”
Koide, a former tailor from Tsuruga, Japan, was still living at home and attending a day care center as of last summer, according to Guinness. He moved to Nagoya about five years ago to be with his daughter, Guinness said.