Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Oldest American Man Dies at 112

According to the AFP, the oldest man in America, on record, died Monday at the age of 112 years.

Born in New Orleans on June 6, 1896, George Rene Francis smoked cigars until he was 75, ate a diet heavy on milk, cheese, eggs and lard sandwiches and slept six hours a day. He died of congestive heart failure at a nursing home on Saturday.


Francis, who in his life worked as a chauffeur, an auto mechanic and a barber, became a friend of young jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong ...

The [current] oldest American [on record according to AFP] is 114-year-old Gertrude Baines, of Los Angeles.

The oldest person in the world [on record according to AFP] is Maria de Jesus of Portugal, 115. The oldest man is Tomoji Tanabe of Japan, 113.

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