World’s oldest man dies at 111 in New York
UPPER WEST SIDE (PIX11/AP) — A 111-year-old who experienced two world wars and the birth of the internet died Sunday morning in his Manhattan apartment, according to his niece.
Karen Bogen, of Providence, Rhode Island, says she had visited her uncle, Alexander Imich a day earlier. She says his health declined about two weeks ago and he didn’t recognize her.
Born in Poland on Feb. 4, 1903 , Imich became the world’s oldest man after the previous record holder passed away in April, according to the Geronto Research Group.
He and his wife fled after the Nazis invaded in 1939. They eventually moved to the United States in 1951 and settled on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. His wife died in 1986 and the couple had no children.
Besides being a supercentenarian, he was a well-respected chemist and parapsychologist. At the age of 92, he mastered the computer and published a book on the paranormal.
In an interview with the The New York Times, he believed “good genes” and athletics probably played a role in his longevity. He also didn’t drink alcohol.
Sakari Momoi from Japan, born one day after Imich, now holds the title for the oldest man in the world.
The world’s oldest person is a woman, 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.