World’s oldest man dies at 111 in New York

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A younger Alexander Imich, who in 2014 was named the world’s oldest living man at 111 years. (Photo: Michael Tymn via Spiritual Resources)

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.


  • Luke

    Try again.

    Jeanne Louise Calment was 122 when she died and Carmelo Flores Laura was 123 when he died. Perhaps you should do a little research.

    • Eravau

      This isn’t about the people who lived the longest ever (for which, as you note, Calment and Laura hold the verified record). This is about who is currently the oldest person on earth.

      • Luke

        Well, you must have misread the title. I’m pretty sure it says he DIED. Kinda hard to be the oldest person on earth if you’re dead. Besides, they have a completely different article about the oldest “currently” living person on earth. Perhaps you mixed them up…

  • babsbasia

    this is an account of the oldest living male and appropriately so has added information that defines his life and accomplishments other than just having surviving family members/ not only was he an accomplished individual but consituted that he did abstain from all alcohol/ something some of you may consider

  • Rosalind D

    Hahaha! He was just an infant compared to the oldest man on earth who wad Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old. Now thats a record. If you were born then its a promise that you will die. Your birth date and your death date are not as important as people think. The importance is WHAT YOU DO IN BETWEEN THOSE 2 DATES…

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