The world is mourning the loss of Arturo Licata, an Italian man who managed to earn the title of the Oldest male person living, a title he earned in February following the death of Spanish Supercentenarian Salustiano Sanchez.
Licata was born on May 2, 1902 in Castrogiovanni (now Enna), Sicily and made a living in the world of business following 18 years of service in the Italian Army. His wife Rosa passed away in 1980 when Mr. Licata 78-years-old. As announced by Guinness World Records, Mr. Licata is survived by seven children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He unfortunately passed away in his home on April 24th 2014.
Following Licata’s death, world record watchers are curious to know who the next world’s oldest living male might be. According to the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) there might a good chance that the next record holder is living right here in the USA. That man is 111-year-old Alexander Imich, a Polish-born American chemist and parapsychologist.
The title of Oldest living male will be hard to fill, at least with a supercentenarian holding the spot. According to GRG, since Licata’s passing, only two men have been recognized for being over 110 years old with the remaining 69 supercententarians all being women.
As recognized by Guinness World Records, the current World’s oldest living person is a 116-year old Japanese woman named Misao Okawa, who is one of only 5 living people who have lived in three different centuries.