Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Salustiano Sanchez, holder of the world record for Oldest living man. Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of Mr Sanchez.

Salustiano Sanchez was awarded the Guinness World Records title of Oldest living man on 23rd July 2013 at the age of 112 years and 45 days.

Born on 8 June 1901 in El Tejado, Spain, Salustiano Sanchez lived in the United States from 1920 until his passing.

Mr Sanchez was recognised as the Oldest living man following the death of Jiroemon Kimura, Japan, who was the first man in history to have lived to 116 years old.

At his passing, Mr Kimura held three Guinness World Records titles the Oldest living person, Oldest living man and Oldest man ever.

The title of the Oldest living person is currently held by Misao Okawa (née Aoki) of Japan who was born on 5 March 1898, and who is 115 years, 195 days as of 16th September 2013.

Guinness World Records is investigating potential successors for the Oldest living man title and the new holder of the Oldest living man title once the verification process is complete.

Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief, Guinness World Records: “Salustiano Sanchez may only have held the Oldest living man title for a relatively short time in his long life, but it was an achievement which reflects the enormity of his life. Born in 1901 in Spain, Mr Sanchez emigrated to America in 1920 and went on to make his life in New York City.”