BREAKING: Eastbourne’s record-breaking 103-year-old has passed away

George Kirby, 103, gets married to his girlfriend of 27 years Doreen Luckie, 91. Giving the couple a combined age of 195 years. The couple wed in the Langham Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex. June 13 2015. SUS-150615-094548001
George Kirby, 103, gets married to his girlfriend of 27 years Doreen Luckie, 91. Giving the couple a combined age of 195 years. The couple wed in the Langham Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex. June 13 2015. SUS-150615-094548001

A centenarian from Eastbourne who hit the headlines last year when he married on his 103rd birthday has passed away just days before reaching his 104th milestone.

George Kirby died this morning (Wednesday) just 19 days short of his 104th birthday.

Doreen and George Kirby SUS-151116-154906001

Doreen and George Kirby SUS-151116-154906001

A family spokesperson said, “George sadly died at 8.33am this morning.

“He was in good spirits last night, laughing and joking with his son Neil and passed away peacefully this morning.”

George made the national and international news last year when he married his girlfriend of 27 years, Doreen Luckie, 91.

The couple, who had a combined age of 194, wed in the Langham Hotel on Eastbourne seafront, which George’s son Neil owns, in June last year.

They were presented with an entry in the world record books for becoming the oldest pair of newlyweds ever.

To read more on the story of George and Doreen’s wedding click here

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