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Bolivian man dies 'at age 123' after lifetime of 'chewing coca leaves'

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

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A Bolivian man has died at the alleged age of 123, which would have made him the oldest person ever known, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The man died Monday night in his village near Lake Titicaca, according to his only living son, the Telegraph said.

Carmelo Flores, an Aymara Indian, "carried national identity documents based on a baptism certificate showing his birthday as July 16, 1890. But Bolivia only began issuing official birth certificates in 1940 and authorities were never able to confirm or disprove Flores' age".

The paper added that Flores attributed his longevity to "eating quinoa seeds and riverside mushrooms, and to constantly chewing coca leaves".

If the age is true, it means Flores lived in three different centuries and was old enough to remember when Nick Clegg was popular.

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