Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, (June 8, 1901-Sept. 13, 2013) was the oldest person in the world since last June when 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura died of natural causes in western Japan, but he ended his reign as the oldest person in the world three months later when he passed away on Friday, according to CNN on Sunday.
Salustiano, 112, affectionately known as “Shorty” to his friends, died in a nursing home in the western portion of New York on Friday. According to Sanchez, he believed his claim to longevity was in having eaten a banana a day.
He was reportedly a man with a number of hobbies to keep him busy – hobbies which included being a self-taught musician, a dedicated gardener, a gin rummy fan, and one who spent time doing crossword puzzles.
Sanchez was born in a small village in Spain on June 8, 1901. He played the dulzania – a Spanish double-reed wind instrument – as a pro. He made extra money by having played the instrument at weddings and village celebrations. Later in life, he moved with his brother to Cuba and worked in sugar fields. By the 1920s, he had relocated to the United States via Ellis Islands and worked as a coal miner in Kentucky. After that, he moved near Niagara Falls in New York and married in 1934.
He is survived by two children, and a huge family that includes grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
He was designated as the world’s oldest man in the world at the age of 112 by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Though he refused to boast about his longevity, he was indeed special in that 90 percent of all the super-centenarians in the world are females, and he is the only man born in 1901 who had proof of his birth, according to Guinness Books.
Others who have claimed to be older than Sanchez did not have original documentation as Sanchez had, and the others’ claims have been found to be false.