The world's oldest man died Tuesday at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said.
Yasutaro Koide from Japan had said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it.
Koide, who was born on March 13, 1903, died two months short of his 113th birthday.
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In the year he was born, the Wright brothers made their historic first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and a modernizing Japan was embroiled in a dispute with Russia over Manchuria that would erupt into the Russo-Japanese War in early 1904.
Koide (pronounced "Ko-ee-deh") worked as a tailor when he was younger. He was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man last August.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said he died at a hospital in Nagoya, central Japan, where he had been treated for heart problems.
Japan's oldest man is now Masamitsu Yoshida, a 111-year-old Tokyo native who was born on May 30, 1904. It was not immediately known whether Yoshida is also the world's oldest male.
Japan, a rapidly aging country, has more than 61,000 centenarians, according to the nation's family registration records. Nearly 90 percent are women.
The world's oldest person is an American woman, 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York.