William Lawlis Pace, 103, who held the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head, died in his sleep Monday at a Turlock, Calif., nursing home.

His death came 94 years and six months after his older brother accidentally shot him with their father's .22-caliber rifle in 1917.

Mr. Pace learned in 2006 that he had been crowned the world record-holder in the category of unwanted cranial ammunition.

His son told a newspaper during a birthday party for his father last year that doctors in Mr. Pace's native Texas left the bullet in place because they worried that surgery might cause brain damage.

The injury damaged one of his eyes and facial nerves but didn't prevent Mr. Pace from working as a cemetery custodian.

- AP