Daniel Guzman-Garcia
Daniel Guzman-Garcia
Birth: 6 February 1897
Villahermosa, Tolima, Colombia
Death: 21 May 2008
Cali, Colombia
Age: 111 years, 105 days
Country: ColombiaCOL
Validated

Daniel Guzman-Garcia [Spanish: Daniel Guzmán-García] (6 February 1897 – 21 May 2008) was the first validated supercentenarian from Colombia. He is considered to be the oldest man ever from Colombia and the second-oldest verified person ever from Colombia behind Ana Sara Marquez de Ramirez.

Biography

Daniel Guzman-Garcia was born in Villahermosa, Tolima, Colombia on 6 February 1897. On 27 April 1931, at age of 34, he secretly married Julia Rosa Marin. They had 12 children. He did not suffer from any major diseases and was capable of walking on his own without the need for a walker or a wheel chair. His only handicap was deafness. He attributed his longevity to having grown up near the snowed-covered mountains of Ruiz, enjoying thick hot chocolate, taking long walks, and the gentle breezes from the South of Cali. But, mainly, not to speak poorly of anybody. His wife passed away in December 1994. At that time, 9 of his children were still alive: Daniel, Ligia, Nelly, Alirio, Nestor, Fulvio, Gonzalo, Beatriz and Gloria.

His age was verified by Robert Young and Miguel Quesada and validated by the GRG on 22 March 2008. According to one of his daughters, Beatriz, ten days prior to his death he rose to have his breakfast and he fainted. They took him to a nearby hospital (Valley of the Lily Foundation). He apparently suffered a massive stroke - a Cerebral Aneurism (an pathological expansion of a left artery in the brain). He was quickly placed in intensive care at the hospital. Guzman-Garcia passed away in Cali, Colombia, on 21 May 2008 at the age of 111 years, 105 days. Following his death, the Department of Pathology of the Universidad del Valle took possession of his body. At the time of his death, he had 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

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