The "loving old man" from Russia also attributed his longevity to avoiding alcohol, smoking and medication.
Paying tribute, official Yunus-Bek Evkurov, said: “Our long living man, the eldest citizen of Russia, Appaz Iliev has died at the age of 123.
“Appaz lived through epochs and generations, raising eight children.
“He had 35 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
“He remained a kind and loving old man who loved this life.
“I know this myself because I met him several times.”
Appaz went to work aged seven as a shepherd, and fought for the Red Army in the Russian Civil War 1917-22, it is claimed.