Antonio Todde

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Antonio Todde
Todde (right) at age 112
Born (1889-01-22)22 January 1889
Tiana, Italy
Died 3 January 2002(2002-01-03)
(aged 112 years, 346 days)
Military career
Allegiance  Italy
Service/branch  Italian Army
Battles/wars First World War

Antonio Todde (22 January 1889 – 3 January 2002)[1] was an Italian supercentenarian who, at the time of his death, was the oldest man in the world.[2]

Long-lived family[edit]

Todde was born in the village of Tiana, in the province of Nuoro, Sardinia.[3] The hilly countryside of Nuoro is noted for its remarkable centenarian density.[4] Todde was only one of two known living Sardinian supercentenarians, the other being Giovanni Frau of Orroli, who was then 111.[4]

After becoming a widower, Todde's daughters, Laura, and Angela—comparative youngsters in a family where one of his cousins, Michela Deiana, also lived until age 100— looked after him.[4] His father lived to be 90; his mother might well have lived past her centenary, had rotten cheese not intervened at age 98.[5] At the time of Todde's death, his sister was still going strong at 97.[4]


Born to a poor shepherd family in the medieval center of Tiana, Todde was the third of 12 children. In 1920, he married Maria Antonia, then aged 25, and they had four daughters and a son. She died in 1990, aged 95.[6]

He left Sardinia only to fight in the First World War,[2] where he was injured in the shoulder by a grenade.[7] He died 3 January 2002 aged 112.[1]

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Preceded by
John Painter
Oldest recognized living man
March 1, 2001 – January 3, 2002
Succeeded by
Yukichi Chuganji