Freddy Blom on his claimed 113th birthday.
|Birth:||8 May 1904?|
Adelaide, Eastern Cape, South Africa
|Death:||22 August 2020|
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
|Age:||116 years, 106 days?|
Freddy Blom (8 May 1904? – 22 August 2020) was a South African supercentenarian claimant whose age is unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). If his claimed age were valid, he would have been the oldest man ever. However, that is not close to being the case as this claim is missing early and late life evidence. The gap in age between himself and his children also raises some doubts.
Freddy Blom claimed to have been born on 8 May 1904 in Adelaide, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He had a brother named Jan Blom. He married a woman named Jennette, who was 83 at the time of Freddy’s claimed 113th birthday. Freddy never had any children of his own but Jennette has a 44-year-old grandson (as of 2017), Frederick Lottering, who lived with them at the time. His wife has two children from a previous marriage who Blom considered as his own.
Freddy was often seen until the age of 106, walking to the bush with his cart to chop wood. He gave up smoking in 2016. On his claimed 113th birthday in 2017, it was reported that Freddy had pains in his legs, but walked using his cane and could still hear faintly. He said he “still feels good and lives every day according to the will of God”.
Freddy Blom died in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, at the claimed age of 116 years, 106 days.
- All 111-year-old wants is to die IOL, 11 May 2015
- Lucky 113 for Cape Flats' oldest man IOL, 9 May 2017
- Freddy takes the cake The Daily Voice, 17 May 2017
- South Africa’s oldest living man turns 116 Cape Town ETC, 6 May 2020
- Fredie Blom: 'World's oldest man' dies aged 116 in South Africa BBC, 22 August 2020