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World's oldest man dies at 111

Published On: Jun 09 2014 10:56:19 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 10 2014 06:42:01 AM EDT
World's oldest man lives in New York

WABC

The 111-year-old who briefly held the distinction of being the world's oldest man has died in New York.

Alexander Imich was a retired chemist and parapsychologist who had lived at a senior home in Manhattan since 1986, the same year his wife, Wela, died, according to The New York Times and The Associated Press.

Imich was born in Poland in 1903 to secular Jewish parents. He and his wife left Poland after the Nazis invaded in 1939, ending up in the U.S. in 1951, according to The New York Times and the AP.

Imich was certified as the world's oldest man after the previous record-holder died on April 24. A few days later, Imich told The New York Times he never expected to live as long as he had. He attributed his longevity to exercising, staying away from alcohol, watching what he ate and not having children.

Imich's grandniece, Karen Bogen, told the AP his health declined about two weeks ago before his death on Sunday.

It is believed the world's oldest man is now 111-year-old Sakari Momoi of Japan, according to the AP. The world's oldest person is 116-year-old woman Misao Okawa, also of Japan.