THE world’s oldest man has been officially confirmed as a 112-year-old musician and former coal miner nicknamed Shorty.
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez was born in Spain, moved to Cuba and now lives in the US.
His talents include playing the dulzania — an oboe-type instrument — and gin rummy.
Sal worked in Kentucky’s coal mines before working in construction after settling in Niagara Falls, New York State.
The widowed dad of two has seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Sal does not believe he is anything special, saying: “I’m an old man and let’s leave it at that.”
But he did attribute his longevity to a diet of one banana and six Anadin-like tablets a day.
Daughter Irene Johnson, 69, disagreed, joking: “I think it’s just because he’s an independent, stubborn man.”
Sal succeeds Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who died last month aged 116.
Guinness World Records studied immigration papers, census reports, marriage records and news articles to verify Sal’s crown.
The world’s oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.
Article written and sub edited by myself.
Originally published in The Sun on Friday July 26 2013.