Letter: The man who lived for 167 years

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Sir: Steve Connor's cover story about longevity ("Is it time for the Grim Reaper to pick up his P45?", 22 June) was fascinating; but he refers to the oldest man ever (apart from Methuselah) as a 120-year-old Japanese.

In an old scrapbook I have a newspaper clipping reporting the death in 1975 of "the world's oldest man" in Altamira, north Brazil, one Doroteu de Souza who had been born on 4 April 1808.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Daniel

Worthing,

West Sussex

23 June

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