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article imageSalustiano Sánchez Blázquez — World's oldest man has passed away

By Anne Sewell     Sep 18, 2013 in World
Grand Island - Salustiano "Shorty" Sánchez Blázquez, the oldest man in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records, has sadly passed away at the age of 112 years and 97 days. RIP Shorty.
Digital Journal reported in July on the story of Salustiano Sánchez Blázquez, or "Shorty" to his friends, born in Salamanca, Spain in 1901, and living in the USA.
112-year-old Sánchez Blázquez had been announced the world's oldest man, as Japan's Jiroemon Kimura passed away on June 12 at the age of 116.
Sánchez Blázquez passed away at a nursing home in Grand Island, New York State of natural causes on September 13 at the ripe old age of 112 years, 97 days.
Born on June 8, 1901 in the village of El Tejado de Béjar in Salamanca province, Spain, Sánchez Blázquez was well known for his musical prowess, and played a "dulzaina" (a Spanish double reed instrument in the oboe family).
With the instrument he earned pocket money playing at weddings and village celebrations and attended school until he was 10. From then on, he considered himself self-taught.
Sánchez Blázquez emigrated to Cuba at the age of 17 to work on the sugar plantations. He then traveled to the US, entering via the iconic immigration center on Ellis Island in 1920.
Sánchez Blázquez worked as a miner in Kentucky before finally settling in the Niagara area, close to the Canadian border, where he lived until recently.
He married the love of his life, Pearl, in 1934 and he is survived by a 76-year-old son, John, and 69-year-old daughter Irene Johnson, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Sánchez Blázquez had credited a daily dose of Anacin (a pain-reliever containing aspirin and caffeine) and bananas to his longevity and good health, although his daughter Irene said, "I think it's just because he's an independent, stubborn man."
Sánchez Blázquez lived with his daughter Irene in Grand Island after his wife died in 1988 and was moved to a nursing home in 2007.
"We did our best," his daughter told the media, "We weren't going to put him somewhere just because he was old."
He will be buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston, New York.
Sánchez Blázquez's place in the world records now belongs to a lady - Japan's 115-year-old Misao Okawa pictured below.
115-year-old Misao Okawa  now the world s oldest person according to Guinness Book of World Records.
115-year-old Misao Okawa, now the world's oldest person according to Guinness Book of World Records.
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