Oldest American, veteran of World War II, dies at age 112
New Delhi : In the unfortunate news reporting from US, Richard Overton, the oldest man in America and World War II veteran died at the age of 112.
Overton, who lived in Austin, Texas, died on Thursday at a rehabilitation home, his cousin, Volma Overton Jr, told the Austin-American Statesman.
Earlier this month, he has been diagnosed with pneumonia and hospitalized, source confirms.
His longevity and status as the oldest living American veteran of World War II made him a celebrity of sorts over the past few years.
In 2013, he visited Washington and met with President Barack Obama at the White House.
The street where he lived in Austin was renamed "Richard Overton Avenue" on his 111th birthday.
Richard Overton was born on May 11, 1906 in Texas. He served in the US Army in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945.
He used to work in furniture stores and for the office of the state treasurer.
He was married twice but had no children. According to the Gerontology Research Group, the oldest living man in the world is 113-year-old Masazou Nonaka of Japan.
May his soul rest in peace!
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