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How to live longer, by a 114-year-old

Published Dec 15, 2003

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Menorca - Spaniard Joan Riudavets Moll, considered the world's oldest person, celebrated his 114th birthday on Monday, news reports said.

The former shoemaker, who lives on the Balearic Island of Menorca, entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest human after Japanese woman Mitoyo Kawate passed away at age 114 a month ago.

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The great-grandfather of six was in excellent health and high spirits, family members said, adding that he sleeps 14 hours a day.

Death is "something natural, that will come on the day that corresponds to me, although I never expected to live for so many years," Riudavets said.

The former village councillor once mentioned exercise as the secret of his longevity. "One should also not have enemies, and lead an honest life," he added.

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Riudavets was honest enough to tell King Juan Carlos he was a republican, when the monarch once visited him at his home village of Es Migjorn.

Two of Joan Riudavets' nine siblings are still alive. His brothers Pere and Josep are 94 and 98 years old respectively. - Sapa-DPA

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