William L. Pace, Record-Setter for Bullet in Head, Dies at 103
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: April 28, 2012
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — William Lawlis Pace, who holds the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head — 94 years and six months — died on Monday at a nursing home in this central California city. He was 103.
He died in his sleep, The Modesto Bee reported.
Mr. Pace’s older brother accidentally shot him with their father’s .22 caliber rifle in 1917, when the family lived in Texas. Doctors left the bullet in place because they worried that surgery might cause brain damage, a son of Mr. Pace has said.
The injury damaged an eye and facial nerves but did not prevent Mr. Pace from working as a cemetery custodian.
He learned in 2006 that he was the world record holder in the category of “longest time to live with a bullet in the head.”