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Salustiano Sanchez
Salustiano Sanchez
Sanchez (Undated)
Birth: 8 June 1901
El Tejado de Bejar, Spain
Death: 13 September 2013
Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Age: 112 years, 97 days
Country: SpainESPUnited StatesUSA

Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez Blazquez (8 June 1901 – 13 September 2013) was a validated Spanish-American supercentenarian who became the oldest living man after the death of 116-year old Jiroemon Kimura on 11* June 2013. He was born in Spain, but lived in New York, United States till his death. He was officially verified on 25 July 2013[1][2]. Before his verification, James McCoubrey, Jokichi Ikarashi, and Arturo Licata were believed to have been the oldest living men after Kimura's death. Licata became the oldest living man after Sanchez Blazquez died.


Salustiano Sanchez was born in the village of El Tejado de Bejar, Castile and Leon, Spain, on 8 June 1901 (claimed 1902[3]). He self-learnt Dulzaina as he grew up, he would play it when he was young to earn pocket money. He attended school until age 10. At the age of 17, he moved to Cuba for work. Salustiano traveled to the United States through Ellis Island in August 1920, working in the coal mines of Lynch, Kentucky. Later he moved to Niagra Falls in New York where he died. He married his wife Pearl (1906–1988) in 1934, and had two children, a son named John and a daughter named Irene. Both were living at the time of his death, John was 73 (b. 1940), Irene was 69 (b. 1944). He was the 22nd-oldest living person and is currently the 38th oldest validated man ever.

Salustiano Sanchez died in Niagara Falls, New York, USA, on 13 September 2013, at the age of 112 (claimed 111) years, 97 days[4].


  • Kimura died 12 June 2013, 2:08am JST. Meanwhile, in New York, the date was 11 June 2013, 12:08am, where Sanchez lived (Eastern Time Zone)


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