Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, passed away on Wednesday in hospital in the town of San Jose de Mariquina, in southern Chile, The Guardian wrote.
Born in 1896 – four years before the current Guinness-listed oldest person, Nabi Tajima – Jaramillo lost his birth certificate in a house fire 20 years ago thus losing his chance to be recognized by Guinness.
President Pinera, who is a billionaire, also presented the centenarian former farm worker with a set of earphones, two crutches and a small wood-burning stove.
Sadly, no offer was made for the provision of specialist geriatric care for Chile’s and possibly the world’s oldest living person though.
“We’re very sad,” said Ivonne Morales, who together with her mother Marta Ramirez had adopted Celino when he was 99 years old and destitute. “He was an integral part of our family, the man of the house.”
Celino Villanueva, who had never married and had no known living relatives, will be buried on Friday morning.