South Africa's oldest man dies at 116, 1918 Spanish flu survivor

South Africa's oldest man dies at 116, 1918 Spanish flu survivor

- Freddie Blom has passed away at the age of 116 years old and was possibly the world's oldest man

- He had lived a long and eventful life, having survived the Spanish Flu and was witness to both World Wars

- He passed away due to natural causes and will be missed by his friends and family

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South Africa's oldest man and unofficially the oldest man in the world has passed away at 116. Freddie Blom, often referred to as 'Oupa' died of natural causes in hospital.

Blom was born 116 years ago in Adelaide, Eastern Cape, 1904. His death was confirmed by a family friend, Andre Naidoo.

Naidoo said that Blom was a true survivor, having survived the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Briefly.co.za learned that tributes have poured in for Freddie from all over South Africa, including from Western Cape Premier Alan Winde.

@alanwinde:

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Cape Town's oldest resident, Oom Freddie Blom. At 116, Oom Freddie was a part of the history of Cape Town. We send our condolences to his family and his"

@GosieGoose:

"RIP Oom Freddie. Condolences to the family, what a wonderful innings."

@SirMoosa_UTD:

"Oom Blom should be granted a funeral nyana from the WC gov ,dont u think Mr premier?"

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Mzansi's oldest man dies at 116, 1918 Spanish flu survivor

Freddie Blom was possibly the world's oldest man. Photo credit: Facebook/Charles Stix Esau
Source: Facebook

Blom had an amazing life and recently celebrated his 116th birthday. Earlier, he was interviewed on his birthday and recounted some of his memories.

While smoking a cigarette he recalled what it was to live through the 1918 pandemic. He was born in 1904 in Adelaide in the shadow of the Great Winterberg mountain range in the Eastern Cape.

He is older than the world's oldest person, according to the Guinness World Records. They still need to verify his age according to Sowetan Live.

Blom was a true survivor and will be missed by his friends and family.

READ ALSO: Clip of man behaving like a snake leaves Mzansi scratching their heads

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Hester Ford, claimed to be the oldest living American, has marked her 116th year birthday in a unique way as a result of the globally ravaging coronavirus.

Hester has been an internet sensation with her photographs and videos of the celebration rocking social media since the news broke.

The woman, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrated her birthday with few family members around her, a report by Daily Mail stated.

In other news, if you are looking to live a long and healthy life, you need to learn the secrets to longevity. You will be surprised to learn that the oldest person in the world has a tale to tell when it comes to staying healthy and strong.

For instance, some will tell you that being positive in life, living a stress-free life, and eating a balanced diet is key to living for many years.

Briefly.co.za put together a list of the oldest verified people in the world.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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