A former sugar cane farmer in Puerto Rico has been confirmed as the world’s oldest man by Guinness World Records, just a few weeks shy of his 113th birthday.
Emilio Flores Márquez was born on August 8, 1908, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, making him 112 years and 326 days old as of Wednesday, when Guinness World Records announced the record.
Growing up, Márquez, who was the second oldest of 11 children, was in charge of many household chores and helped take care of his younger siblings.
As the first-born son, Márquez also helped on his father’s sugar cane farm — starting when he was a young boy — and would water the plants and load cut sugar cane into wagons for transport, according to a news release from Guinness World Records.
Márquez, who has lost most of his hearing, had surgery to implant a pacemaker when he was 101 years old — but he is still strong and in good health, the news release said.
Known as “Don Millo,” Márquez’s key to a happy life is “to have an abundance of love and to live life without anger,” the news release said.