Pearls and the world’s oldest man


The oldest man in the world has died after suffering from a stroke.

The 46-year-old died on Thursday at the age of 69, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

His name is Wu Xiangzhong, the Xinhua said.

He is said to have lived in the Chinese city of Xi’an from 1965 to 1970.

He had been living in a nursing home in the city until his death.

Wu was buried on Tuesday, according to the official website of the provincial capital, Wuhan.

He was the youngest of five children, Xinhua reported.

In 2012, a Chinese official told the BBC that Wu had a long history of eating pebbles.

He said they were “heavenly”, and that he “couldn’t eat anything but the pearls”.

“He is a true treasure,” Zhang said, referring to Wu’s pearl necklace.

The BBC quoted a Wuhans government official as saying the necklace was a gift from his wife.

It is not clear whether Wu had been diagnosed with dementia.

He was also known as Wu Xiangzhi.

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