Latino Named World’s Oldest Man Dies at 112

Sanchez-Blazquez, nicknamed “Shorty”, said he was humbled by the attention he received as the world’s oldest man. He claimed he didn’t feel special just because he’d lived longer than most. 

He did, however, reveal the secret to his success. Sanchez-Blazquez attributed his longevity to eating one banana per day and his daily dose of six Anacin tablets, a pain reliever used to treat headaches, arthritis, and muscle aches. He also enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies which kept him feeling young, including gardening, crossroad puzzles, and games of gin rummy with his friends. 

Sanchez-Blazquez left behind an impressive legacy. He left a 76-year-old son, John, a 69-year-old daughter, Irene, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Our hearts go out to all of his family! 

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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