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Syrian man dies at 133

Published Jul. 23, 1993|Updated Oct. 9, 2005

A Syrian man who fathered nine children with a wife he married at age 80 has died at 133, the official news agency SANA said Thursday.

Hamoudi al-Abdullah, whose age if authenticated would have made him the world's oldest person, died of a stroke Wednesday. SANA said Abdullah, from the northern town of Qamishli, had married for a fourth time at 80, after which he fathered his first children _ four boys and five girls.

Abdullah had 35 grandchildren.

The Guinness Book of Records lists the world's oldest living person as Jeanne Calment of France. She turned 118 in February. It said the greatest authenticated age to which a person has lived was 120 years 237 days. That was Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan. He died in 1986.

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