Shigechiyo Izumi

#106183
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
29, 1865
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Feb 21, 1986 (120)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
29, 1865
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Feb 21, 1986 (120)

About

Remembered for his Guinness Book of World Records designation as the world's oldest person alive, this supercentenarian had his title posthumously revoked after his stated birth year came into question. At the time of his death, he was either 120 or 105 years old, depending upon his actual birth year. 

Before Fame

He was born on the island of Tokunoshima, in what was then the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Trivia

He frequently drank an alcoholic beverage called shochu and, in his seventies, began smoking.

Family Life

The birth certificate that he used as proof of his claim to be the oldest man alive was believed by some to have belonged to his older, long-ago deceased brother.

Associated With

Before his birth year was called into question, he, like Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, was one of a handful of Guinness-verified longest-living people.