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Nation's oldest man dies in Louisiana

KATY RECKDAHL| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE

Photo provided by family -- Felix Simoneaux celebrates his 110th birthday in 2015. Simoneaux, who since January was the nation’s oldest man, died Tuesday night at his home in LaPlace.
Photo provided by family -- Felix Simoneaux celebrates his 110th birthday in 2015. Simoneaux, who since January was the nation’s oldest man, died Tuesday night at his home in LaPlace.

Felix Simoneaux Jr. of LaPlace, the nation’s oldest man, died Tuesday night, a month before his 111th birthday, family members have confirmed.

It’s believed that Simoneaux spent three months as the oldest man in the nation, said Robert Young, head of research for the Gerontology Research Group, which verifies such claims. Simoneaux inherited the title from Andrew Hatch of Oakland, who was 111 when he died on Jan. 18, according to Young’s census and records research.

Simoneaux was likely the seventh oldest man in the world, Young said. The oldest woman in the United States is Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, who lives in New York.

The Simoneaux family confirmed that he died at his home in LaPlace on Tuesday night after suffering a small stroke last week.

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