According to Fox News on Sept. 14, the world's oldest man has died.
Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World Records, reported that Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez from western New York died at 112 on Friday, Sept. 13 at a nursing home in Grand Island where he had been living since 2007.
Sanchez-Blazquez, whose nickname was "Shorty" was a self-taught musician. He taught himself and played at wedding and village celebrations.
In 1920, he came to the United States through Ellis Island and worked in the coal mines of Lynch, Kentucky. He finally moved to the Niagara Falls area of New York, where he worked in construction and in the industrial furnaces. He married his wife, Pearl, in 1934 who died in 1988.
The Guinness World Records confirmed earlier this summer that Sanchez-Blazquez became the world's oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12 at age 116. That means that Sanchez-Blazquez did not hold that title very long.
Sanchez-Blazquez attributed his longevity to eating one banana per day and his daily dose of six Anacin tablets. However, his 69-year-old daughter, Irene Johnson, said, "I think it's just because he's an independent, stubborn man."
Besides his daughter, Sanchez-Blazquez had a 76-year-old son, John, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Guinness says the world's oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan, and that 90 percent of all supercentenarians are female and Sanchez-Blazquez had been the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth.
The oldest authenticated person was Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days.
Sanchez-Blazquez will be buried at Gate of Heaven cemetery in Lewiston, New York after a private funeral.