William Lawlis Pace


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The Independent Online

William Lawlis Pace, who died on 23 April at the age of 103, held the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head. Pace died in Turlock, California, 94 years and six months after his older brother accidentally shot him with their father's .22-calibre rifle in 1917. Doctors in Pace's native Texas left the bullet in place because they worried that surgery might cause brain damage. The injury damaged one of his eyes and facial nerves but did not prevent Pace from working as a cemetery custodian.