Salustiano Sanchez

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Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez
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Born June 8, 1901
El Tejado de Bejar, Spain
Died September 13, 2013
(aged 112 years, 97 days)
Grand Island, New York, United States
Residence Grand Island, New York, United States
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Dulzaina player, sugar cane worker, coal miner
Known for Verified oldest living man
(June 11 – September 13, 2013)
Spouse(s) Pearl Emilie-Chiasera
(1934-1988, her death)
Children 2
Parent(s) Serafin Sanchez
Baldomera Blazquez

Salustiano Sanchez Blazquez (8 June 1901 – 13 September 2013) was a Spanish-American man who became the world's oldest living man,[1] from the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on 11 June 2013[a] until his own death on 13 September 2013.[1][2][3] He was born in Spain, and later emigrated to Cuba, where he lived for a few years before emigrating to the United States, living there until his death.


Sanchez was born in 1901 to Baldomera Blazquez and Serafin Sanchez[4] in the village of El Tejado de Bejar, in Salamanca province, Spain.[1] As he was growing up, he was admired for his skills playing the dulzaina musical instrument, which he played at village celebrations and weddings in order to earn money.[1] Sanchez went to school until he was ten years old and taught himself after that point.[1] He immigrated to Cuba at age 17 with his older brother Pedro and some of his friends.[1] He initially worked in the sugar cane fields.[1] Sanchez emigrated to the United States in August 1920 and eventually got a job in the coal mines of Lynch, Kentucky.[1] He met his future wife Pearl Emilie Chiasera at the funeral of a mutual acquaintance in Pennsylvania.[4] He married Chiasera in 1934 and had two children (a son, John, and a daughter, Irene) with her.[1] Sanchez's extended family includes seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.[1] Chiasera died in 1988, after which Sanchez lived with his daughter Irene before he moved into a nursing home in 2007.[5] Sanchez lived at a nursing home in Grand Island, New York, near Niagara Falls.[1] Sanchez stated that his longevity was caused by eating one banana and taking six Anacin tablets each day.[1][5]


Sanchez died of natural causes in the nursing home on Grand Island on September 13, 2013, aged 112 years, 97 days. He was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston, New York.[6] After his death, 111-year-old Italian man Arturo Licata became the world's oldest man.[6]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Guinness World Records announces Salustiano Sanchez as new Oldest living man". GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Nudd, Tim (2013-01-14). "World's Oldest Living Man, Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, Is 112 - Real People Stories". People. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  3. ^ Associated, The. "Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez is world's oldest man at 112". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Happy 111th birthday, Mr. Sanchez". 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, 112: The oldest man in the world". Daily Mail. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  6. ^ a b Rey, Jay (14 September 2013). "World's oldest man dies at 112". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 14 September 2013.