NEW DELHI An Indian man reported to be the oldest in the world died in India's western city of Jaipur on Tuesday at the age of 139, according to the IOL news service, quoting news reports out of India.
Habib Miyan was suffering from fever and dysentery and died in the early hours of Tuesday at a state-run hospital, the PTI news agency reported.
According to his pension card, Habib was born on May 20, 1878. But he said he was much older, a claim that was accepted by India's Limca Book of Records in its 2005 edition.
He was probably the oldest living person in the world, but the Guinness Book of Records did not recognize him because of his official age on the pension papers, the NDTV network reported.
The centenarian retired from the musical band of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family as a clarinet player in 1938, before India became independent and the princely states joined the new republic in 1947.
Habib, who lost his vision half a century ago, leaves behind 140 grand- and great-grandchildren. His four sons and wife died several years ago, the news agency reported.