A man who made claims of being the oldest human on the planet has recently passed away at the reported age of 123. He lived in Russia and said he was born under the last Russian Tsar.
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According to reports by Daily Mail, the man, who was identified as a Russian pensioner with the name Appaz Iliev, hails from the republic of Ingushetia, near Georgia, and he said he was born under the last Russian Tsar. He fathered eight children.
Iliev also revealed that he served in World War I and when he was declared too old to fight, he spent most of his life afterwards as a shepherd.
The report further noted that Iliev’s birth record was lost so his age could not be verified, adding that the oldest verified living human being was a woman from the USA identified as Sarah Knauss.
She was said to have died in 1999 at the age of 119 years and 97 days.
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On how Iliev managed to live for so long, it was reported that he attributed his long life to getting 11 hours of sleep per night, retiring every day at 7pm before rising at 6am to tend his flock.
He also disclosed that he avoided doctors and medications as much as he could, although at the reported age of 121, he had to undergo surgery because of a cataract.
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Iliev ate only fresh vegetables from his own personal garden and local meat in his remote village of Guli in the Russian Caucasus Mountains. He drank dairy milk and fresh spring water.
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