Clint Eastwood saves man from choking

Updated 26 February 2014
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Clint Eastwood saves man from choking

WASHINGTON: Hollywood’s iconic good guy, Clint Eastwood, is also a real life hero after swooping to rescue a choking guest at a California reception.
“Clint saved my life,” Steve John told The Carmel Pine Cone, the local newspaper where the actor once served as mayor in the 1980s.
During a reception late Wednesday for a golf tournament in Carmel-by-the-Sea, John was eating and chatting, only to get a piece of cheese stuck in his windpipe.
“Suddenly, I couldn’t breathe. It was as bad as it could have been,” recalled the director of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in California.
“Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do.”
The award-winning actor and director told the local paper that he saw in John “that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes.”
Eastwood, 83, moved behind John to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
“I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out,” the mega star recalled.
“And then I made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon squeezed in it.”
Eastwood, who most famously inhabited the role of “Dirty Harry,” confessed he’d never performed the Heimlich maneuver in real life before: “except to practice.”
The maneuver consists of standing behind a person and pressing strongly with both hands just above their navel to help expel any food or other object that is blocking the airway.


‘World’s oldest man’ dies in Japan at 113

Updated 20 January 2019
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‘World’s oldest man’ dies in Japan at 113

  • Mazako Nonaka was born in July 1905, according to Guinness World Records — just months before Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity
  • Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies

TOKYO: “World’s oldest man” Masazo Nonaka, who was born just two years after the Wright brothers launched humanity’s first powered flight, died on Sunday aged 113, Japanese media said.
Nonaka was born in July 1905, according to Guinness World Records — just months before Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity.
Guinness officially recognized Nonaka as the oldest living man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera last year.
“We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure. He was as usual yesterday and passed away without causing our family any fuss at all,” his granddaughter Yuko told Kyodo News.
Nonaka had six brothers and one sister, marrying in 1931 and fathering five children.
He ran a hot spring inn in his hometown and in retirement enjoyed watching sumo wrestling on TV and eating sweets, according to local media.
Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and was home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.
They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.
The oldest verified person ever — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.