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Živan Popović, Serbia’s Oldest Living Man, Dies at 106

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Živan Popović. He was born in the village of Latvica, municipality of Arilje, Zlatibor District, Austria-Hungary (present-day Serbia) on 30 January 1917. He sadly passed away in the mountain village of Latvica on 12 January 2024 at the age of 106 years, 347 days. Popović was the oldest known living man in Serbia at the time of his death. He was also the second-oldest known living person in Serbia and the third-oldest known living man in the Balkans.


Popović was a husband and a father to 7 children. When he was 103, he had a total of 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. At 101, Popovic was still an active hunter, making him the oldest in Serbia and Europe. He became a local legend for his enduring passion and sharp skills.

Popović lived a long life by finding balance and resilience. As a young man, he outsmarted wartime captivity and navigated occupied Serbia on foot. He served in both guerilla factions, built a home, and raised a large family which he considers his greatest treasure.

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