World’s Oldest Man Dies at 114
Walter Breuning of Great Falls Montana passed away yesterday-- at 114 years old. He was, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, the oldest man, and the second oldest person, in the world. The oldest person? Besse Cooper of Monroe, Ga. — born 26 days earlier.
In an interview this past October, Breuning told the Associated Press his secrets to long life:
— Embrace change, even when the change slaps you in the face. ("Every change is good.")
— Eat two meals a day ("That's all you need.")
— Work as long as you can ("That money's going to come in handy.")
— Help others ("The more you do for others, the better shape you're in.")
One more secrect: Accept death.
"We're going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you're born to die," he said.
Breuning died of natural causes in a Great Falls hospital where he had been a patient for much of April with an undisclosed illness reports a spokeswoman for the Rainbow Senior Living retirement home where Breuning lived.