Eritrean man dies at the age of 127, his family claims as they call for Guinness World Records to recognise him as the oldest person ever to have lived
- Natabay Tinsiew died peacefully on Monday in his remote village of Azefa
- His family have said that local records show that he was born in 1894
- But they say that they believe he was born even a decade earlier than that
- They have applied to Guinness World Records to have him officially recognised
An Eritrean man has died at the age of 127, his family has claimed, as they called for Guinness World Records to recognise him as the oldest person to ever have lived.
The family of Natabay Tinsiew said he died peacefully on Monday in his remote village of Azefa – which is found in a gorge surrounded by mountains and has a population of around 300 people.
His grandson Zere Natabay told BBC Tigrinya that the secrets to his long life were ‘patience, generosity and a joyful life.’
The family of Natabay Tinsiew (pictured) said he died peacefully on Monday in his remote village of Azefa at the age of 127, which would make him the oldest person to have ever lived
Mr Zere told the broadcaster that church records, including his grandfather’s birth certificate, say that he was born in the same year he was baptized in 1894, which would make him 127 years old at the time of his death.
However, the family of Natabay Tinsiew claim that he was actually born 10 years earlier in 1884, and that he was actually baptised 10 years later when a priest came to their village.
At the time, priests were few and far between, and people would have to wait for them to visit their more remote villages.
Father Mentay, a Catholic priest who served in Azefa for seven years, confirmed that local records show Mr Natabay was born in 1894, saying that he was present when Azefa village celebrated his 120th birthday in 2014.
Mr Zere said that he had already contacted Guinness World Records to validate the official documents of his grandfather’s birth, and was waiting for a response.
Mr Natabay married his wife in 1934. She later died in 2019 at the age of 99.
The Eritran worked as a herdsman, and owned many cattle, goats, honey bees and during his life has seen give generations of his family grow up.
Mr Zere told BBC Tigrinya his grandfather would be remembered as ‘an extraordinary man’ who was kind, caring and hardworking.
Currently, the record for the world’s oldest person to have ever lived is held by Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.
Meanwhile, the oldest man to have ever lived was Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who died in 2013 at the age of 116, according to the Guinness World Records.
The oldest person alive today is Kane Tanaka, a 118-year-old Japanese woman.
WORLD EVENTS HE WOULD HAVE LIVED THROUGH
Since being born in 1894, Natabay Tinsiew would have lived through countless world-changing historical events.
From the Wright Brothers’ first flight, the First and Second World Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall all the way up to 9/11 and the Covid-19 pandemic, from his remote village in Eritrea, Mr Natabay had survived it all.
1894: Records show Natabay Tinsiew was born in Azefa, Eritrea
1897: Greco-Turkish war
1901: Formation of the Commonwealth of Australia
1903: Wright brothers make first flight, Suffragettes in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Wright Brothers make their first flight in December, 1903
1905: First Russian revolution
1914: World War I begins
1917: Russian revolution leads to communism
1918: World War I ends, Spanish flu pandemic kills millions
1921: Chinese Communists rise
1924: Russia goes from Lenin to Stalin
1927: Lindbergh nonstop flight to Paris
1934: Hitler consolidates power in Germany
1939: World War II Starts
1941: The Holocaust begins
Troops from the 48th Royal Marines at Saint-Aubin-sur-mer on Juno Beach, Normandy, France, during the D-Day landings, 6th June 1944
1945: World War II and the Holocaust ends, first nuclear detonation
1947: India gains independence
1948: Birth of Israel
1949: NATO founded
1950: Korean War starts
1952: Elizabeth II crowned in Britain, First Hydrogen Bomb Test
1953: The discovery of DNA
1955: Rosa Parks galvanises civil rights movement, Vietnam war begins
1958: US Launches First Satellite
1959: Castro takes over Cuba
1961: Berlin Wall built
1962: Cuban Missile Crisis
1963: JFK assassinated in Texas
1966: Mao purges rivals
1967: Six-Day War
1968: Martin Luther King assassinated
1969: Moon Landing
The Moon Landing in 1969
1975: Saigon Falls, Vietnam war ends
1976: The Concorde changes air travel
1977: Rise of the PC
1979: Islamic Republic born in Iran
1983: The Internet is born
1989: The Berlin Wall falls
1991: American goes to war in Middle East
1992: Cold War ends, breakup of Yugoslavia
1993: The EU becomes reality with treaty
1994: Rwandan genocide
1999: NATO’s first independent strike, in Kosovo
2000: International Space Station opens
2001: 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York, U.S. invades Afghanistan
Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City
2003: US Invades Iraq
2007: The iPhone is released
2008: Dow plunges, global economic crash
2012: The “God Particle” Is (Probably) Discovered
2016: Trump Elected
2019: Hong Kong Protests
2020: COVID-19 global pandemic
2021: Natabay Tinsiew dies ‘aged 127’ according to his family
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