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Rafael Méndez Durán

Rafael Méndez Durán was a Costa Rican semi-supercentenarian whose age is currently pending by the Latin American Supercentenarians (LAS).


Méndez Durán was born in San Ramón, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica, on 9 July 1912. At a young age, he moved to the community of San Juan de Dios in Barú District, San José Province, where he spent most of his life.

At some point, he got married and went on to have 22 children (eight living as of 2019). He was a participant of the Costa Rican Civil War in 1948.

Méndez Durán passed away in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on 28 May 2022, at the age of 109 years, 323 days.

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His age was verified by Stefan Maglov and James Roberts, and listed as a pending validation by the LAS as of 12 December 2022.

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* “Enviamos un saludo muy especial hasta Buenos Aires de Puntarenas” – Facebook (PZ Actual), 9 July 2018

* “UN ROBLE DE 107 AÑOS DE EDAD” – Facebook (PZ Noticias), 9 July 2019

* “Con 108 años de edad” – Facebook (Evelio Méndez Castro), 13 February 2020

* “CELEBRANDO SUS 109 AÑOS” – Facebook (PZ Noticias), 9 July 2021