Carmelo Flores Laura
|Carmelo Flores Laura|
|Born||July 16, 1906
(age 107 years, 282 days)
|Known for||Claimed to be the World's Oldest Person in Recorded History|
Carmelo Flores Laura worked for the rancher who owned Frasquia, a rural area of Bolivia near Lake Titicaca, until 1952. At that time, the government seized the land and redistributed it to peasants such as Flores. He has lived there since, never traveling father than La Paz, 80 kilometres (50 mi) from his home.
Flores had three children, one of which is alive as of 2013 (Cecilio, aged 67). He has 40 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. His wife died in the 2000s.
The Bolivian government is planning to officially honor Flores as "a living heritage" of the Bolivian people.
A police ID card and entry in the civil registry stating Flores was born on July 16, 1890 were shown to reporters. If proven, that would make him 123 years old as of July 2013. The longest fully documented lifespan in history is 122 years and 164 days, achieved by France's Jeanne Calment.
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- "Is this the world's oldest man? Bolivian herder's records show he was born in 1890". 15 August 2013. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2394414/Is-Carmelo-Flores-Laura-worlds-oldest-man-Bolivian-herders-records-hes-123-years-old.html. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- "Bolivian records show a 123-year-old man there is the oldest living person documented". USA Today. AP. August 14, 2013. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/14/bolivia-oldest-man/2656247/. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
- Gloria Carrasco; Rafael Romo (August 21, 2013). "Is this Bolivian man the oldest person in the world?". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/19/world/americas/bolivia-oldest-person. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- "World's oldest man living in Bolivia?". BBC News.com. 14 August 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23707213. Retrieved 15 August 2013.