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Appaz Iliev a Russian pensioner and shepherd who happens to be the oldest person who ever lived has died at the age of 123.

Appaz Iliev,had eight children during his life time,thirty-five grand children,thirty-four great grand children.

According to reports made available, he hails from the republic of Ingushetia, near Georgia, was born under the last Russian Tsar.

He served as a war veteran during  World War 1 but was declared too old and unfit to fight in World War 2.

 Iliev birth records were lost,hence his age couldn’t be authenticated Daily Mail reports.

Questioned on how he manage to live this long Iliev credited his basic life routine as major factors, getting 11 hours of sleep per night, retiring every day at 7pm before rising at 6am to tend his flock.

He said he avoided  medication as much as possible, although he underwent  eye surgery because of a cataract when he turned 121.

He insisted he ate only fresh vegetables from his own garden, and local meat in his remote village of Guli in the Russian Caucasus Mountains.

He drank fresh spring water and dairy milk.

Reflecting on his life and experiences he told reporters: ‘Value what you have and share it with others.’

The head of Ingushetia republic, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, posted: ‘Our long living man, the eldest citizen of Russia, Appaz Iliev has died at the age of 123.

‘Appaz lived through epochs and generations, raising eight children. He had 35 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.


‘He remained a kind and loving old man who loved this life. I know this myself because I met him several times.’

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