Eritrean man dies at the age of 127, his family claims

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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