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Oldest Man, New Yorker, 112, Swears By Anacin Tablets, Bananas

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Friday, 26 Jul 2013 11:20 AM

The world's oldest man is a 112-year-old New Yorker who is a self-taught musician born in a village in Spain and attributes his long life to a daily banana and a daily dose of six Anacin tablets.

Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez of Grand Island, N.Y., took the title of world's oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12 at age 116, The Associated Press reported. Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World Records, told the Associated Press 90 percent of all supercentenarians are female and Salustiano is currently the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth.

Guinness World Records uses census reports, immigration papers, marriage records and news reports to confirm its age records.

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Irene Johnson, Sanchez-Blazquez's 69-year-old daughter, said his wife died in 1988 and he moved in with hern. Johnson said her father was moved to a nursing home in 2007.

"He says, 'I'm an old man and let's leave it at that,'" said Johnson. "We did our best. We weren't going to put him somewhere just because he was old."

According to the Guinness World Records website, Sanchez-Blazquez was born June 8, 1901 in the Spanish village of El Tejado de Bejar, in the Salamanca province. He earned pocket money by playing at village celebrations and weddings playing the double reed instrument called the "dulzania," the website said.

Sanchez-Blazquez and his older brother Pedro went to Cuba at 17 to find work, eventually landing jobs in the country's sugar cane fields. In August 1920, he came to the United States through Ellis Island and worked the coal mines in Lynch, Ky.

He moved to the Niagara Falls area and married his wife, Pearl, in 1934. Along with Johnson, the couple had a son, John, 76. Sanchez-Blazquez's extended family includes seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Sanchez-Blazquez still has some years to reach the world age record, which is held by Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days, according to the AP.

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