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Worlds oldest man passes away

Source: Reuters - Sun 15th Sep 2013
Worlds oldest man passes away

The world's oldest man, a gin rummy-playing, one-time sugarcane worker born in Spain, has died at 112 in New York state, a funeral home said on Saturday.

Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez, recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man, died on Friday at a nursing home in Grand Island, New York, the M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapels said on its website.

Guinness said in June that Sanchez, who also had been a construction worker, was the oldest man following the death of 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura of Japan.

Sanchez credited his longevity to eating one banana per day and taking Anacin daily, according to a recent Guinness online profile.

He told Guinness that living so long was not a special accomplishment.

Sanchez was born in 1901 in El Tejado de Bejar, in the province of Salamanca, and worked as a sugarcane field worker in Cuba before emigrating to the United States, where he found work in Kentucky coal mines.

Sanchez moved to the Niagara Falls area of New York state in the early 1930s and became a construction worker. He worked for Union Carbide Co for more than 30 years before retiring.

He married his wife, Pearl, in 1934. Sanchez had two children, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, according to Guinness.

With his death, the world's oldest man is Arturo Licata of Italy at 111, and the oldest woman is Misao Okawa of Japan at 115, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks people 110 and older and validates ages for Guinness.

Spain's National Institute of Statistics (INE) reports that there are currently just 151 inhabitants of the village of El Tejado de Bejar, Salamanca.