'Oldest man in the 'world' dies at 123



A Russian pensioner and shepherd who claimed to be the
oldest person who ever lived has died at the age of 123.
Appaz Iliev, a father-of-eight from the republic of
Ingushetia, near Georgia , was born under the last Russian
Tsar. He served in World War One but was declared too old
to fight in World War Two.
According to Daily Mail, his birth records were lost so his
age could never be verified. The oldest verified living human
was Sarah Knauss of the USA - who died in 1999 at the age
of 119 years and 97 days.

Iliev attributed his long life to getting 11 hours of sleep per
night, retiring every day at 7pm before rising at 6am to tend
his flock. He avoided doctors and medication as much as
possible, although at the reported age of 121 he underwent
eye surgery because of a cataract.
He ate only eat only fresh vegetables from his own garden,
and local meat in his remote village of Guli in the Russian
Caucasus Mountains. He drank dairy milk and fresh spring
water.

The head of Ingushetia republic, Yunus-Bek Evkurov ,
posted: 'Our long living man, the eldest citizen of Russia,
Appaz Iliev has died at the age of 123.
'Appaz lived through epochs and generations, raising eight
children. He had 35 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren
and several great-great-grandchildren.
'He remained a kind and loving old man who loved this life.
I know this myself because I met him several times.'
Reflecting on his long life, Iliev once told reporters: 'Value
what you have and share it with others.'

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