Born on 8th May 1904, Fredie Blom had “lived this long because of God’s grace,” he told Agence France-Presse (AFP) this year.
Guinness World Records lists the oldest living man now as Briton Bob Weighton, aged 112, but South African media have described Blom as “unofficially” the world’s oldest.
Blom’s entire family was wiped out by the Spanish Flu pandemic when he was just a teenager.
But he himself survived and went on to raise the three children of his wife of 46 years, Jeanette, as his own, becoming a grandfather to five over the years.
“Two weeks ago oupa (grandfather) was still chopping wood,” family spokesman Andre Naidoo told AFP fondly, recalling the old man using a 4-pound hammer.
“He was a strong man, full of pride,” he added.
But within 3 days, his family saw him shrink “from a big man to a small person.”
Oupa Blom passed away earlier this morning. Rest in eternal peace. 🕊 https://t.co/kBb5jl1OCw
— Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) August 22, 2020
Born in the rural town of Adelaide, tucked near the Great Winterberg mountain range of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, this SA’s oldest man died at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
His death was “not related to COVID-19 complications at all, it’s normal natural death,” Naidoo said in reference to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Daily Sabah
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