Atlanta 4/15/2011 11:41:37 PM
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Oldest Man in the World Walter Breuning Dies

The world’s oldest man has died. Walter Breuning passed away earlier this month in a hospital in Great Falls, Montana. Officials say the cause of death was old age. Breuning was 114.

In a 2010 interview, Breuning attributed his long life to eating only 2 meals a day, accepting change, helping others, working for as long as possible and never fearing death. “We're all going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die because you're born to die," he said.

Breuning was born on September 21, 1896 in Melrose, Minnesota. He worked for Great Northern Railway for 50 years before accepting a secretary position at Shriners. He remained with Shriners until his retirement at age 99. Bruening was married once, but did not have any children. He became the oldest man in the world in July 2009 after the death of Henry Allingham, who was 113-years-old.

Breuning was 27 days younger than the oldest person in the world, Besse Cooper. Cooper lives in Monroe, Georgia at the Walton Regional Medical Center Nursing Home. She became the world’s oldest person on January 31, 2011 with the death of 114-year-old Eunice Sanborn.


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