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World’s oldest man dies in Russia aged 123

The ‘oldest man in the world’ has died aged 123.

Appaz Iliev, who had eight children, 35 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, previously said the secret to his long life was going to bed at 7pm and getting 11 hours sleep a night.

The pensioner from Ingushetia in Russia also avoided alcohol, smoking and medication.

The father-of-eight said he was born in March 1896, served in Tsar’s army in the First World War, was declared too old to fight in the Second World War, and spent most of his life as a farmer.

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.

Paying tribute, the head of the Ingushetia republic Yunus-Bek Evkurov, said: ‘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.’

However, Mr Iliev’s birth records were lost so his age was never 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.