|Birth:||8 June 1901|
El Tejado de Bejar, Spain
|Death:||13 September 2013|
Niagra Falls, New York, USA
|Age:||112 years, 97 days|
Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez Blazquez (8 June 1901 – 13 September 2013) was a Spanish-American supercentenarian who became the oldest living man after the death of 116-year old Jiroemon Kimura on 12 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, 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.
He was born 8 June 1901 in the village of El Tejado de Bejar, in Spain. 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 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 31st oldest man ever.
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Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • Alton Gilbert • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • John Painter • John McMorran • Fred Hale • Earl Brush • Moses Hardy • Thomas Nelson • Antonio Pierro • George Francis • Walter Breuning • Shelby Harris • Salustiano Sanchez • Alexander Imich • Conrad Johnson • Wash Wesley • Felix Simoneaux • Frank Levingston • Clarence Matthews • Richard Overton