Dumitru Comanescu, the world’s oldest man, has died at the age of 111 and almost eight months, Romanian authorities said.
Romanian Comanescu who took the title less than a month ago passed on Saturday morning, the director of the Bucharest Center for Seniors, Alexandra Dobre told Digi24. There was no word on the cause of death.
Known for a generous spirit and childlike joy, Comanescu attributed his longevity to his love for his wife, sons and grandsons.
Three days ago, Patriarch Daniel, the head the Romanian Orthodox Church, bestowed upon Comanescu the Patriarchal Cross, the highest church award given to the laity or non-clerics.
People who knew Comanescu said he was cherished by everyone he met.
“Meeting him was a real life lesson about faith and responsibility that we have to every living soul we meet, about the power to overcome life’s small and big challenges, about virtue, kindness, humanity and understanding,” she said. “We will miss you Mr. Dumitru Comanescu! May you have eternal rest,” Dobre said.
Comanescu took the title on May 28 the previous holder, Bob Weighton, a Briton, died “peacefully in his sleep, from cancer” aged 112, his family said.
After offering his condolences to Weighton’s family, Comanescu said was “honored and blessed to be the world’s oldest man and represent Romania at the highest level! It’s incredible!
Born on November 8 in the village of Provița de Jos in Prahova county southern Romania, in 1908, six years before the start of World War I.
He trained as an agronomist and at the time of his death was living in Bucharest.
„I’d like to thank all those who have been with me, who helped and supported me along the years, my family, friends and people close to me. But more than anything, I thank God because He chose for me to be here today, as the world’s oldest man. Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and I wish you health and to outlast me!”