World's oldest man dies at 112 — about a month before his birthday

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Spaniard Saturnino de la Fuente García, the world's oldest man, died Tuesday at 112, the Guinness World Records announced in a public statement.

De la Fuente García died of natural causes at his home in León, a city in northwest Spain. He would have celebrated his 113th birthday at the beginning of February.

Guinness World Records named De la Fuente García as the world’s oldest man back in September, when he was 112 years and 211 days. He was born on Feb. 11, 1909.

De la Fuente García, born in the Puente Castro neighborhood of León, was a cobbler by trade and started working in a shoe factory at age 13.

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Guinness World Records posted a TikTok celebrating him last year, presenting him with a birthday cake and the certificate.

"A quiet life… and do not hurt anyone," De la Fuente García once told Guinness.

Due to his height – shorter than 5 feet tall – De la Fuente García told Guinness in a previous interview that he evaded being enlisted into the 1936 Spanish Civil War.

De la Fuente García survived the Spanish flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 and with his wife Antonina had seven daughters and one son, followed by 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was said to be a die-hard soccer fan and supporter of local team, Leon’s team Cultural Leonesa.

According to Spain's state-run news agency EFE, De la Fuente García will be buried Wednesday at a local cemetery.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: World's oldest man dies at 112 in Spain: Guinness World Records

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