Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Arturo Licata, who held the world record for the Oldest person living (male). Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of Mr Licata.

Arturo Licata was awarded the Guinness World Records title of Oldest living man on 28th February 2014 at the age of 111 Years, 302 days.

Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, said: “It’s sad to hear of the passing of Signor Licata – a man born before the Wright brothers' first powered flight, and one of only four men older than 111. The record of Oldest living man is one of the most significant superlatives that we monitor, and it’s been an honour to have recognised Snr Licata’s remarkable life.”

Mr Licata was born on 2 May 1902 in Castrogiovanni (now Enna). At the age of 9 he went to work in the mines and, in 1921, aged 19, he joined the Italian army. Arturo’s military service finished in 1939 and he went on to enjoy a successful career in business. He is survived by seven children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife Rosa sadly passed away in 1980, when Arturo was 78 years old.

Currently 116-year-old female, Misao Okawa of Japan, is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's Oldest Living Person overall. She was born March 5, 1898 and lives in Osaka.

The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years, 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who died in 1997.