Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Israeli, is believed to be the world's oldest man. Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Israeli, is believed to be the world's oldest man. Yisrael Kristal, the world's oldest man, died Aug. 11 in Haifa, Israel. (Photo: Shula Kopershtouk/AFP/Getty Images)

World's oldest man dies just short of 114th birthday

Yisrael Kristal was a retired candy maker who had lived in Israel since 1950.

What a sweet life it was. Yisrael Kristal, a retired candy maker who was recognized last year by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man, died over the weekend in his home in Israel just weeks before his 114th birthday.

"He managed to accomplish a lot. Every year he lived was like a few years for somebody else," Kristal's grandson, Oren Kristal, told The Associated Press.

Kristal was officially verified as the world's oldest man in March 2016. He told the Guinness World Records that while he has no secrets to reveal about his longevity, he did pick up a few bits of wisdom over the years.

"I don't know the secret for long life," he said. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why.

"There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive," he added.

Kristal's daughter, Shulamith Kristal-Kuperstoch, said her father was "always happy."

Kristal was born in 1903 in Poland and moved to Israel in 1950, running a candy shop for decades until he retired. He is survived by two children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

According to the latest Census records, the current oldest man in the world is 112-year-old Francisco Núñez Olivera, a citizen of the Iberian Peninsula community of Extremadura. He's a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and has been living for 22 years with one kidney.

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